5 Ways to get your children involved in your business
“Raising children is a creative endeavour, an art rather than a science.” Bruno Bettelheim
When you are a parent working from home and building a business, it can be a real struggle keeping your children occupied while you try and get some work done. For parents who choose to work from home, there are many pros and cons. I know for me, I love the flexibility working from home gives me; not missing school plays, coffee mornings and the conversation bonding experience I have with my daughter when I drop her off at school and pick her up.
I am going to give you 5 ways you can get your children involved in your business – there is something for all ages.
1. Get your children involved with decision-making – for younger children, this could be asking their opinions on what colour design they prefer, such as for a logo or social media images. Children often see things from a different perspective, and by them suggesting you add something or tweak a design, it could make it all the better.
2. Get older children involved by proofreading your website content, emails, blogs posts etc. I do this with my older children – written English has never been my strong point, and I have a form of dyslexia. I often ask my older children to have a look and give me their honest opinion on things.
3. When sorting out your filing, bring out the shredder under supervision and shred private documents, you no longer need together. Whilst you are doing this, you can also teach your child the importance of filing, keeping things organised and shredding confidential documents.
4. For younger babies and toddlers, there are not many ways to get them involved, it’s more a task to keep them occupied for a short period of time while you carry out quick business tasks. Get the playmat out, place their favourite toys on the mat, and play nursery rhymes in the background. Or allow some strategic screen time.
5. For those parents with a physical business, there will be times when you have to take your child to work with you. Make it an adventure and think outside the box when coming up with ideas for getting them involved. I will give you an example from when I was running my women’s fashion online business. I had to go to the office on the weekend to prep for a photo-shoot we were holding. I took my youngest daughter with me, who was 3 years old at the time. She loved it – it was one big dress-up session for her (see pic below).