In today’s world, young moms are demanding work/ life balance. They want more time with their families and are creating various solutions to make it work. Usually this means flex time, part time or even starting their own business so that they can work from home full time.
Working from home, however, isn’t always easy. Even if you have a babysitter watching the kids, they will inevitably be running in and out of whatever area you’ve created as your home office. Not only is this distracting but, with computer equipment and other items, it can be potentially dangerous. So, it’s important that you set yourself up for success and safety!
- Between printers, fax machines, computers and phones, there are many wires and cables in a home office which pose a strangulation hazard to toddlers. Gather them up and secure them under a cable hider.
- Whether it’s a floor lamp or a flat screen monitor on a small table, things can get knocked over if the kids are running around. Use heavy duty Velcro to secure these items to the floor or table.
- Purchase a trash basket with a lid so kids can’t get near dangerous items such as printer cartridges, staples or push pins that may have been discarded.
- For drawers that have important documents or other items, install a drawer lock to keep curious hands out.
- When setting up your home office be sure chairs and tables are not positioned under windows to be sure that your child won’t climb on them and potentially fall out the window.
I don’t think it’s ever possible to have true work/life balance but working from home does make it a little easier.
If you’re looking for some more safety tips or a great activity to do with your kids this weekend, check out Safety Saturday at your local Lowe’s this coming Saturday. You and your kids can participate in a FREE Build & Grow project, providing a fun and exciting way to spend time with your child while learning about safety. Spaces for the clinic fill quickly, so be sure to sign-up at www.lowesbuildandgrow.com