Caution! Children at Work

Bob Goldman on

If you're sick of your noisy, crowded office and think that working from home would be an improvement, I have news.

Your home is definitely an oasis of serenity, free of the endless distractions of a public workspace.

Unless you have children.

I can understand why you would forget that you have children. They're small and slippery and easy to misplace. But if you're part of the 23 percent of workers who did some of their work at home in 2017 and you also happen to be part of the 61.9 percent of married-couple families who have children, you might have a problem.

You want to get serious work done.

They want to sing "The Wheels on the Bus."


Or so I learned in "How to Work From Home With Children," a recent article published by The New York Times and Wirecutter.

Patrick A. Coleman, a work-from-home father, has seen both the good and the not-so-good aspects of working at home with young children lurking about. "When you're in your own home and you're mostly dad," he reports, "you can really lose perspective of that professional life."

This is true, but it's not unsolvable. It's easy to remind yourself of what life is like at the office: just start hitting yourself on the head with a frying pan.

For some people, working from home isn't a choice. Consider Teresa Douglas, whose company switched to all-remote workers. Douglas managed to stay employed and co-authored the "Secrets of the Remote Workforce."


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