Working from Home with Kids 😐 – Best Strategies for Parents & Entrepreneurs

If you've got kids, then you're probably experiencing how difficult it is to get anything productive done at home, especially if they're on the younger side. As a father of a 10 and 7 year old, staying focused and staying on task is the name of the game, and in this video I want to share some tips and tricks I've learned, and how to avoid some potential traps you might fall into, so that you can better manage working from home with kids in the house.

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    18 Responses to Working from Home with Kids 😐 – Best Strategies for Parents & Entrepreneurs

    1. Teachers Making The Basics Fun July 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm #

      I have middle schoolers but still have issues of trying to get work done. (Trying to do middle school math and get my work done?… Yah, right!!) The new school year holds a lot of unknowns but I’m betting my kids will be around so thanks for equipping me with some new strategies. Great tips. “Productive Break”- Gold.

    2. Diana O'Daniels July 8, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

      As always, great advise Pat! I am using this as “my” opportunity to help support parents be better teachers to their kids. Can I share this with my group??

      • Pat Flynn July 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

        100%! Thank you!

    3. Philip Verghese 'Ariel' July 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

      Hey Pat, that’s really a wonderful share.
      Indeed a very timely one. A good conversation. I will surely share this in one of my blog posts on WfH related Post. Great going. Keep sharing.

    4. kwalkomedy July 8, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

      As an educator, I am very concerned about returning to the brick and mortar buildings in the fall – without a vaccine are we not sacrificing our kids and educators to the biggest unpaid Tuskegee experience, since, well the Tuskegee Experiment. Can we not learn? What purpose is school serving? Is it to truly educate, grow and develop the next generation or just holding until the parents come home from work as we program the next set of worker bees… NOOOoooo 110+ days and we are still thinking the same… education needs a re-think, re-work, re-imagine… what is possible? not probable.

      • kwalkomedy July 8, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

        Sorry… went off on a tangent – was attempting to answer question asked in the video.

    5. Dawn Ginese-TheSingingNurse July 8, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

      I like all your tips, help each other with the chores & cooking, remember where you left off when getting interrupted( maybe write it on a sticky note) and check your email more intentionally instead of with the kiddos or spouse around. If we thought of it more like checking our snail mail, we check it once right? or maybe twice if it has not arrived yet. As for school starting: Iโ€™m sure it will be better for kids in many instances, there are many variations, I do have concerns for teachers and many with manageable health risks. If the kids go back I predict that you will see many of the older and those teachers with health concerns retiring and this might create teacher shortage. Just sayin, Great info Pat ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

    6. Zack Lawrence Films July 8, 2020 at 7:23 pm #

      Awesome tips! I think the biggest help for me was the tip on dealing with the kids’ interruptions (thinking “what am I going to do when I get back” etc.)

    7. Tim Jacobs July 8, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

      In the world of education, just like in most other areas of life nowadays, we should ask – “What does this make possible?”. Perhaps it is a re-imagining of not just education and our schools, but of our homes, families, social lives, etc. I like how you emphasize family/balance/compartments for work/etc. It’s helped me to re-think the ingrained tradition of work being Monday – Friday 9-5, then family or hobbies or life. Doesn’t have to be that way at all. Oh and glad to see you on a Texas station! ๐Ÿ˜€ #Texasy’all

    8. Lisa Hobelmann July 8, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

      Pat you presented this so well. I love the tip about handling emails. Thatโ€™s great advice for all of us at any time. Iโ€™m glad you spoke about what happened to you in 2008. Iโ€™ve been inspired to start my podcast on Downton Abbey! #poweruppodcasting

    9. JUST SAMSON July 8, 2020 at 7:33 pm #

      Great vid Pat. My two sons will not be going back to a public classroom. Thanks

    10. Jeff White July 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm #


    11. Julie DeGraw July 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      Thank you for the tips! I think success comes when we are willing to diverge from the traditional approach that is no longer working.

    12. Margaret McLaren July 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm #

      Irony perhaps, but I was interrupted in watching this video by my teenager (eek!) trying to talk to me and my toddler snatching my earbuds out of my ears. We’ve been homeschoolers for 8 years now, so having them home isn’t new for us. Still hard though!

    13. Tondaleya Carter July 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Pat! The kids need to go back to school. A lot of parents don’t have the option to work at home. If all of the kids stay home the gap in America for the have and the have nots will continue to widen. Two-parent households are dwindling.

    14. phantomFPS July 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks for the video. Finally someone that makes a video around this topic, most youtubers show that working from home is easy and productive, but not an easy task when you have kids at home.

    15. Eden Croft July 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

      The tip about transition time and remembering what I’m going to do the next time I sit down to work was golden to me. Thanks for that. Both of us have the privilege of working from home. Regardless of whether school reopens here in AZ we will likely be keeping the kids at home. I don’t love the idea to be honest, but it is the one we feel is safest for us. My heart goes out to all those for whom this is going to become a major issue because they rely on the schools staying open so that they can find time to make income for their family. Daycare for even one child can often mean a whole paycheck for some families that are working class or lower middle class.

    16. GeeksThrive July 8, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

      I think I’ve spent ten minutes writing, and re-writing my response to the question. Simply put. Yes! Yes! YES!!! I don’t know that Youtube comments is the best place for me to have this conversation, so I’ll leave it at wear a mask, and clean your hands, people.

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