While I have dramatically cut back on the hours that I work in the past year, my son does still go to daycare for a portion of the day (typically from 8:30 to 4). Our lifestyle changes have meant that I can spend much more time with Nick and more time at home, which has been very positive and something that I am not willing to give up.

For two days this week and all of next week, our daycare center is closed while the wonderful women who run it take a well-deserved vacation. So, I cancelled all of my out of the house meetings and am keeping Nick at home with me. So far, the experiment has been going great, although I do find it difficult to find the time to sit down at the computer and type when my son is pulling at my leg and asking me to play trains. What I did yesterday was get up early and work before he got up, then took regular and long breaks throughout the day to play. We even went out to the library together for a little while. Of course, I worked while he napped in the afternoon too.

However, I do feel guilt. Like, if my son is here, I NEED to be playing with him all the time. I know he needs time to play by himself to develop his imagination, but I still feel guilty. In fact, as I write this he is watching Sesame Street and I have a nagging feeling that I am letting Elmo babysit while I ignore him.

I will check in next week after I’ve got some more practice doing this and let you know how it all worked out. In the meantime, if any of you SAHDs out there want to share any tips for working while your kids are at home, I’d love to hear them.

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