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A Family Friendly Workplace
Published on November 2, 2011 by guest author: Cindy F. Crawford

I have been desperately trying to get my son and my daughter to stop tongue kissing.

Now, it's not what you think. My five-year-old son, William, thinks it's funny because it bugs the crap out of me, so he encourages my nearly two-year-old daughter, Alli, to play along just to get on my nerves.

Well, their last tongue kissing incident led to time out and the spread of Strep Throat. William came down with it Saturday afternoon and Alli made it halfway through the day on Halloween before catching it. They're both on antibiotics now, and missed trick-or-treating.

The in-laws, whom I mentioned in a previous Mommy Making It Work blog, are a godsend and pitched in to keep the kids on Monday, but had obligations and couldn't do it Tuesday.

So for the first time in months I ended up having to stay home to keep the kids Tuesday. I always call it "working from home" because I try to get work done and make phone calls while I'm chasing the kids.

When I got them to chill in front of a cartoon, it worked OK. It didn't work well when I had a neighborhood developer on the phone and William ran over Alli's foot with a tricycle he talked me into bringing upstairs to ride around and around the kitchen. Working from home worked better when Alli went down for a solid two-hour nap and William snoozed during one of his favorite kid-themed construction vehicle videos.

It's hard to focus when you're stretched thin cooking, watching kids and monitoring emails, but a family friendly workplace can help you make it happen. And it doesn't hurt to get some of that work done after the kids go to bed at night. That's become a regular trend for me, even when I'm not staying home with the kids.

Cindy F. Crawford is the editor of a news publication in Birmingham, Ala., and the proud parent of two spirited young children.

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