Toddler Tornado

Hot damn it’s hard to get anything done with a toddler on the loose. A six year old at least can read or play a game or find some way to entertain himself, but a 2.5 year is a vastly different story.

I edit and do the layout for a weekly on-line newsletter (which I’m supposed to be doing right now actually) and also do some freelance writing and odds and ends for a friend’s PR company. But since my friend and I started seriously working on our craft business, I’ve found the need to have a true space of my own. So we converted our guest-room into an office so that I could escape to work undisturbed. At least that was the plan, but somehow these 2 little people keep showing up at my door! Today when I was desperate to get some work done I let “The Tornado” have free reign in my office for about 5 minutes. I made sure my sharp tools were safely out of reach…I learned my lesson from the craft-knife incident last week! The 5 minutes of time gained by letting her go nuts was off set by the 10 minutes it took to coax the eraser out of her one fist and the buttons out of the other, clean up her mess and lure her out of the room.

I also have the same problem in the morning when I’m trying to get ready. DD enjoys transferring the contents of the bathroom drawers to the shower stall. Sometimes if I’m in a rush, I let her. Fine until she smashes a bottle of nail polish on the tiled floor or puts an entire box of tampons into the toilet.

Is there some secret (other than restraints of some kind)? How do other WAHMs do it???


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  • I have my office beside the kids playroom/family room. I thought this would be easier but my youngest has to be in the same room as me. Thank goodness she likes art. Pen and paper and she can amuse herself, for at least 15 minutes.

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