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11 Ideas To Keep Your Child Out Of Your Hair While You Work From Home

Updated on August 18, 2012

If your anything like me, you can empathize with the difficulty in trying to focus your attention on writing a hub or having any type of career from home with small children present. I get frustrated often when my girls are screaming, begging for me to play with them or hold them, getting into things they are not supposed to, and so forth. So I thought for a couple days of ideas I would share with other mothers that could keep these precious little ones busy, while we get much needed work or rest done.


Give them a combination of safe products to 'clean' the house with. The following are some ideas:

Make your child a bucket of 'cleaning' supplies.

1. Water in a spray bottle instead of Windex. You might even try a few different colored bottles to give your child variety. You could also try vinegar instead of vinegar.

2. Colored Sponges.

3. Feather duster

4. Mop (If you cut it down to size, then replace the end it works for a child's mop)

5. Brightly colored wash cloths to wipe with.

6. Broom cut down to child size.

You could make a 'mess' for your child to clean up. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to help me clean. This would keep them preoccupied for a while.

Bucket-O-Beans

Do not use kidney beans as they are toxic if not cooked properly or consumed raw. I lay a large blanket on the floor and their beans in the middle. You can hold the beans in a plastic or wooden container of your choice. You can also add plastic toys like cups, bowls, cars, and lizards to the mix for added fun. My girls will spend at least an hour playing with their beans and though It can get a bit messy and I find beans for eons, it's worth the time I need to myself. When they are finished playing in their beans, simply pull all four corners of the blanket up to gather the beans and easily replace them into their container. A small handheld vacuum is helpful in cleanup.

A Roll Of TP?

My brother loved toilet paper as a child. He would crawl straight to it every time he saw the bathroom door open. It may be messy clean-up, but this will keep 'em busy for a while. The ripping, pulling, and possibly taste-testing is rather enjoyable to a child for some reason. It's worth a try.

Playful Snacks

Giving my girls some snacks gives me a few minutes of peace and quiet. I try not to use this method all the time, but it certainly works a couple times a day. You can make pigs-in-a-blanket, or look online for silly snacks to make that might entertain your children. This would be the seldom occasion that playing with your food is acceptable.

You can find some recipes here http://www.parenting.com/gallery/fun-recipes-for-kids

Educational Television

I use the word 'educational', because it is important not to use the television as a babysitter, and if you need to occasionally, have your little ones watch something educational that will help develop them mentally. Baby Einstein has many great educational dvd's that keep babies and toddlers entertained with loads of music, dancing, and exciting activities and fun.

Pegged Puzzles

My twins love their peg puzzles and I get at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time when I hand them over to be played with. I have a couple of them that play barnyard noises when you place the correct piece in it's spot.

A Box

When I was little, my mother was able to get a hold of two large boxes, similar to the ones a refrigerator might come in. You can make a little house out of one with windows, curtains, a door and a handle, and I guarantee your child will stay out of your hair for a long time. I spent hours upon hours in mine as a young girl, and though I fit perfectly on the floor of the boxes I had, imagine how much fun all that space would be.

Quality Mommy or Daddy Time

Oftentimes I have noticed that when my girls are restless and desiring my attention, even if I am in the middle of writing a hub, if I just take a break, read them a few books, cuddle them or play a game with them, it satisfies their longing and they go on playing among themselves. In addition, it gives me a much needed break to clear my mind of work and re-gain focus.

Change Of Scenery

If you have a concrete backyard porch, you might take your laptop out there, give your kids some sidewalk chalk, and let them develop their artistic skills. I know children of all ages love sidewalk chalk. Shoot, I still do. Plus, it will give you a change of scenery and might aid with ideas for your current project.You can also let them just run around the back yard, or play in their baby pool while you keep an eye on them and work.

Edible Play dough

There are many recipes for the type of edible play dough containing peanut butter. I would not recommend allowing your children to play with and possibly eat the play dough that is just non-toxic. I've included a link to a website with many different recipes you can try. http://www.familycorner.com/family/kids/crafts/edible_play_dough.shtml

Dry Erase

This can get a bit messy as well, so you might want to be close to monitor this activity. My girls have a small two person table they eat at. It has a 'dry-erase' type of top and my older children and I have used it as a dry erase board. Give your kiddos some dry erase markers and give it a try.

hough there are so many different ideas of things you can do to keep small children preoccupied, but I will leave you with just this short list. In the comments section, I welcome any more ideas you creative mothers out there might have so feel free to share.

Caution about Balloons: I do not recommend giving small children and toddlers balloons to play with as someone a friend of mine knows had a child who accidentally popped a balloon, inhaled a piece of it and the child suffocated to death.

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    • Brittanie2216 profile image

      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      Interesting hub, I think I will try the idea with the beans. thank you for sharing I am always looking for ways to entertain my daughter while I am trying to get work done.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Great Hub - you can get most of the cleaning tools at the Dollar store - they are not fancy but they are great for play time cleaning. I am glad you reminded readers of the dangers with balloons too - my heart goes out to your friend. Useful hub!

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      Amberjewell 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for all of your supportive comments. It's great to have encouragement as I am a beginner in the hub world lol

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