Working from home with young children that are not in school full time presents a few problems.
For one thing, I rarely have set office hours. Choosing a time for a conference call typically requires me to run through our daily schedule (preschool from 9-1 for big one but little one is home, park with her until 10, maybe she’ll eat a snack at 11 so I can make a call).
Most of the times I gauge correctly for calls but there have been moments when I have been on the conference call and had to say, “I’m sorry, I’m working from home with my young children today. You’ll have to excuse any interruptions.” (Luckily many people work from home-even a gentleman for whom I am developing a blog. Our conference call the other day was splattered with, “Five more minutes please,” and “Can you color this picture now?” coming from both of us).
For another thing, I rarely have enough time to get everything done. I try to get up early and stay up late, but I have to have a life as well, and if you want a life you can’t work around the clock. A while back I posted that my husband and I had discussed my extremly hectic work schedule and that I stepped back from work some. I have been continuing to do this, taking on jobs here and there but not piling too much on my plate. Yet there still presents a time challenge regardless of the number of hours I work each day.
Which means this: There are some nights when I have to put in hours after the kids are in bed.
On these nights, my husband will often check his email and work on office things in his own office.
Inevitably, I’m typing away when I get PING! A new email, coming from the back room. My husband, asking a question.
We are connected not only by hearts but by the Internet as well, and it seems that we aren’t the only family finding technological connections these days.
Pew Research found that out of the people they surveyed in a recent study, 47% stated that technology has actually increased their communication.
Who knows, maybe the key to a better marriage is the computer!
And yet we all know that a computer, television, or other distracting device doesn’t actually allow for communication face to face. Studies show us that when you have the television on, kids are not actively engaged. How much do you really talk when you are watching television?
Still, the fact that we now have cell phones definitely creates a better chance of improved communication. Now we can send our kids off to the mall and know how to get in touch with them. Back when I was a kid, mom dropped us off at the mall and we were basically missing in action for the time that we were there.
Of course, those pesky cell phones also interrupt our down time, and make us work at times when we should be fixated on family time.
23% of those surveyed did feel that the internet had helped their communication with friends. I find this has happened because I am online quite often and can email a girlfriend quickly when I want to tell her or ask her something. I’ve also found the internet offers a great way for finding old friends that I haven’t spoken to in years (though when I do find them on places like classmates I rarely email them! I just get nosy and read about what they have been up to).
How is it going at your house? Do you find that using the internet or cell phones has enabled you to communicate with friends and family better, or do you think it has been a hindrance?