How to entertain your kids if your (or Will Ferrell’s) babysitter backs out
By Aimee Heckel
Even Will Ferrell’s babysitter backs out at the last minute.
The Hollywood funny guy recently got major media love for bringing his three kids on stage with him to the Emmy awards. Watch the short but sweet video of Will Ferrell and his kids here.
If you find yourself babysitter-less, but still with some work to do (even if your job is entertaining at the Emmy’s), here are some ways to balance work with family.
1. Work when they’re sleeping, whether super early or late-late. Of course, this means you will get less sleep. But it’s infinitely easier than trying to complete a spreadsheet with your 5-year-old pushing keys on your laptop.
2. Go to an Internet cafe with a playground. At brilliant coffee shops like Monkey Bizness, you can hop on wifi, sit at a table and fill your veins with caffeine, while your kids run loose on the playground. Make sure they’re clear on the rules and that you still keep one eye on them, of course. But this is a great solution if you find yourself with no other options and your work deadlines are almost dead.
McDonald’s and Chik-Fil-A playgrounds could also work, if you aren’t opposed to getting some fast food grease on your papers (and in your kids’ bellies).
3. Promote your child to be your assistant. Maybe your “junior accountant” won’t be able to crunch the big numbers, but give her a few pretend tasks (or real ones, if she’s old enough) and let her help. Instead of fighting your situation, take your kid to work and “play” together. Do set clear rules, like quiet time when you’re on the phone.
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