Keeping Kinder Busy in the Home Office

Home Office Parenting
September 13th, 2009 No Comments »

About 16 years ago, I realized a pressing need in our home office: I couldn’t fit then toddler Nicole’s growing mobility and demands for interaction into my weekday workflow.

She was rambunctious and demanding. I was harried and prone to plop her in front of the tube for an afternoon of Disney movies or Barney.

So I quickly devised some solutions. They worked for Nicole, Zachary and Zoe. Today, the kids are self-sufficient (they can turn on Hannah Montana or SportsCenter all by themselves).

But with the kids back in school — and home before you’re ready to close up the shop, WebWorkerDaily writer Meryl Evans has a look at “Surviving After-School Time: Meet Deadlines and Keep Your Kids Happy“. Read More »

Nine Tips to Make Home Office Kids Recession-Resistant

Home Office Parenting
March 10th, 2009 No Comments »

The recession stinks.

Just don’t tell the kids.

Billings are down. Clients have gone belly up. And the business bottom line is feeling the effects. Many believe it’s time for parents to play Houdini and with a little sleight of hand, control what kids see and hear about the recession — and hopefully limit its impact on their lives.

No one’s saying anything about lying, or breaking out the burlap sack and wrapping them tight for the next 12 to 60 months (depending on whether you believe the Obama Administration or Warren Buffet about the speed of recovery).

But, as my father used to say, a little editing in what’s said — or in this case, allowed to be overheard or consumed via the media — might work wonders to keep little minds from fearing the worst.

Nova Southeastern University and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released a guide to help children cope with the recession. Available in English and Spanish, the AAP public education guide offers families six suggestions to help children get through tough economic times… Read More »

Sunday Home Office Round-Up: Work-at-Home Parents & Wisdom To Go

Commentary, News & Reviews
January 25th, 2009 No Comments »

man-with-yy-tshirtxThis week was filled with various work-at-home, home office, telework and telecommuting information. There’s a piece on a new — if temporary — work-at-home dad’s experience. has a special section on various work-at-home wisdom and working solo-type stuff. Check it out – it’s worth a read…

Almost two years since its inception, Lifehacker’s weekly listicle, the Lifehacker Top 10, still proves to be one of its most popular posts. From motivational tips to Google tools to harmless geek pranks, take a gander at 20 of the most popular Top 10s published in 2008. I’m a real fan of It’s really hacked its way into my daily work flow…

Gerri Willis of CNN offered a new take on freelancing. She calls it “The Gig Economy.” Her tips: Prepare to be your own boss, Get connected, and Know what you’re getting into. “We’re becoming a nation of freelancers.”

Moms, Moms, Moms…What About Dad? One Home Officer’s Opinion

Home Office Parenting
November 18th, 2008 No Comments »

Johnson & Johnson’s division that makes Motrin might be wanting 800 milligrams of ibuprofen right about now. A couple of black eyes and a sore ego seems to be afflicting the group.

Seems the Twitter-sphere, home office moms and others were abuzz with this mis-interpreted Motrin marketing. Marketers came out with a campaign that suggested moms who carry their kids in slings, pouches, papooses and elsewhere on the human female physique tend to get sore. Read Forbes’ take here. Marketing guy Seth Godin had a POV, too.

“It’s a good kind of pain. It’s for my kid. Plus it totally makes me look like an official mom.”

Not a nanny. Not a surrogate. Not a grandma, a bubbie, or a nanna. But an “official mom.”

Avoiding for the moment any discussion surrounding what or who “An Official Mom” may really be, what about an “Official Dad.” Do we count? Does our pain amount to less than that of a mom, or are we so muscle bound and ripped that carrying junior in a papoose is just another weight disc on the barbell? (Right about now, my wife is pulling a muscle in those supposed six-pack abs laughing at the very proposition).


I’ve spent the past 17 years being a pretty involved dad, carrying various kids in pouches, papooses, slings and other forms of carriers — that is, when my wife wasn’t wearing it first. My father before me spent a fair amount of time with his offspring, though he wasn’t a home officer — and I can’t say he ever carried anyone or anything in any sort of sling, except maybe a fishing spear in a contraption called a “Hawaiian sling.” Read More »

Driven by Home Office Fear, Success & Obligations

Home Office Parenting
October 20th, 2008 3 Comments »

Our daughter turns 17 today. The same daughter who was born into our home office household back in 1991, who has been there — and been part of — my evolving home business as this phenomenon emerged, evolved and exploded in the 1990s and 2000s.

The same daughter whose crying as an infant laying on my carpeted office floor back in 1992 drove a corporate CEO nuts — and at the same time inspired thoughtful execs to wonder aloud how they could work from home.

This is the same daughter who sat on my lap with her brother in this 1996 photograph, and who, in about 18 months, will leave for college (an event about which she reminds us constantly).

It’s her existence that inspired me to achieve more, and it’s the responsibilities surrounding her needs — and those of her two younger siblings — that drive me to work harder today than yesterday, even as the pull of years and the aging of spirit at times sap my energy. Read More »

Hogwash? That’s Laundry in the Home Office

Productivity & Efficiency
September 16th, 2008 No Comments »

Home Office organization seemingly is a never-ending to-do list of must-do events, errands and obligations.

It’s not enough to have the right office furniture, tools and devices to make a home for your stuff. You have to put your stuff there. Today.


Next week and next year. The mail arrives. It must be ditched or filed. Email arrives. Ditto. Office organization is never-ending. Even the golden pocket watch provides no escape. I get emails from retirees drowning in paperwork and in search of salvation. Read More »

Kids (Back) in the Home Office: No Vacay from Fay

Home Office Parenting, Productivity & Efficiency, Uncategorized
August 18th, 2008 No Comments »

Summer was scheduled to end Monday. Vacation was supposed to be over. Kids were supposed to head back to school. All was supposed to be quiet on the SOHO front.

Then the Broward County School Board caught whiff of a tropical disturbance, something called Fay. And all bets were off. In less time than it took Michael Phelps to sneak his outstretched fingers to the wall and win the 100-meter butterfly, school was cancelled (apparently there was an issue of busses being unable to navigate through vicious 20-mph cross winds and a line in the contract with the Bus Driver Union Local 1492 forbidding workin dangerous conditions — like rain).

So we work-at-home parents were left to manage out kids. While some people were stashing their hurricane supplies — lumber, batteries, PopTarts, I had more pressing needs.

“How’s the supply of Benedryl?”

Duct tape is a bit extreme as an apparatus for crowd control. And I’m certainly not one for letting the offspring sit like mindless lumps in front of the TV or PC all day. Heck, I do that…

So what was I to do? Read More »

Work-at-Home Dad Sees Telework as Path to Balance & Essay Award

Home Office Parenting
June 18th, 2008 1 Comment »

When Mark Dobosz considers why he works from home, he need only look in the eyes of his three children.

And he needn’t go far to do it. As a teleworking dad since 2003, Dobosz has had his children close at hand each work day. And with that in mind, the vice president of development for SCORE (the Service Corps Of Retired Executives) and executive director of the SCORE Foundation penned the winning entry for this year’s Work @ Home Father’s Day “Why I Work From Home” Essay Contest.W.S. Gilbert & Grandfather

Though a teleworker, Dobosz travels extensively. Yet the quote of W.S. Gilbert, the English essayist, poet and creator of 14 comic operas (as part of the duo Gilbert & Sullivan), as residing in Dobosz’s email signature, sums up what’s really important: “It isn’t so much what’s on the table that matters as what’s on the chairs.”

With that, the following is this year’s winner from the Work @ Home Father’s Day “Why I Work From Home” Essay Contest…

“An old proverb says, ‘When baking bread, you should bake bread.’ A telecommuting father proverb would probably say, ‘When you are working from home, you should enjoy the pleasure of having your work and family together in your care.’ Read More »

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