Monday, February 18, 2008

Freelancing with a Two-year-old

Yes, being a freelancer with a two-year-old in the house is an adventure. I'm learning a few things about writing copy while keeping one eye on a toddler. I keep both ears on her; silence when there's a toddler around can be scary. My niece is very well-behaved though, and I'm so proud of her for it. She's "helped" me work (sitting on my lap and pointing out everything on the monitor), she insisted I had to eat lunch with her (an identical lunch, of course), and she's discovered that grown-ups munch on dry cereal sometimes, too. The unfortunate part of all of this is that my work is taking about three times as long as it had been.

I am gaining a deeper admiration for moms who freelance. I don't know how they do it full-time, especially with little children. It's tiring, frustrating, and sometimes a lot of fun. That sense of wonder as the two-year-old watches you type and figures out that all that typing is what makes things appear on the screen is great. I'm learning to take advantage of nap time and bed time to catch up. Also, when Grandma and Grandpa take the munchkin out for a while.

If any of you freelance with little ones in your house, I admire you. I'm still trying to figure out how to meet a deadline with a toddler around. Can you share some of your secrets of success?


Susan Sandmore said...

If it's only taking you three times as long to get your work done, you're doing pretty good!

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