This post was sponsored by ABCmouse as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Working from home with a three-year-old is no easy feat! It generally isn’t a good idea for the long-term, but if you’re doing the juggle at least a few days a week, here are a few ways that I’ve found help keep a toddler entertained while working from home.
iPad time works for a reason, and you don’t have to feel guilty about it if they’re learning along the way!
I’ll set her up in my office if I need to do a bit of focused work and log her into our favorite educational app, ABCmouse.
Both my kids love to play with ABCmouse and I don’t have to feel guilty about it because they learn SO much while playing (seriously though, they both come home from school asking for more ABCmouse time)!
There are a ton of Learning Activities to explore, or you can do the Step-by-Step Learning Path which is specifically designed for your child’s age and continues to adjust as they progress.
You can even personalize your avatar and teacher, so it’s easy for them to see whose profile they are logged into.
I’m partial to the Step-by-Step Learning Path because there’s such a huge variety of activities including books, puzzles, songs, games, and art, which keeps her interest (a feat that’s hard to do these days). I can also check her progress on the Progress Tracker.
Studies have shown that children who use ABCmouse for just 45 minutes a day make significant learning gains, so I am ALL for that.
Be Mommy’s Helper
At the toddler age, everything is new and fun. They just want to learn and explore, so it’s better to lean into it than fight it.
This means we always take some time to let her be Mommy’s helper. She loves to help cook in the kitchen, so I typically have her “help” with dinner prep on days she is home from school, or simply have her help me around the house with putting away the laundry.
The key is just to turn a mundane activity into something fun and exciting, make a game of it!
Toddlers, especially mine, can be extremely needy. But I’ve found that if we are outdoors she is a bit more independent.
When I need to keep my toddler entertained while working from home, we’ll carve some time out to get outdoors and I can get some stuff done from my phone.
This could be editing photos, doing a quick social media post or even just answering emails. I know I can get at least 20 minutes in when she’s riding her scooter or running around.
What are some of your tips and tricks for working from home with toddlers?
Don’t forget to try ABCmouse now! It’s too good not to try.