–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads
I’m a mom of four, with kids ranging in age from four years old to twelve years old, and if there’s one thing I know about writing with kids, it’s…well, don’t. But if you’re like me and you can’t quit doing that thing you love, then let me tell you how to tackle big writing projects while being a parent. First up, writing with babies and toddlers distracting you with tantrums and sticky fingers. Yes, it’s doable. Here’s how:
Flip the Clock-in. Write at night and in the early morning or whenever your wee one is MOST active. Seriously, I know it’s tempting to write while baby is sleeping, but that may be the only time you can get quiet, uninterrupted rest. You need your rest, and you need to write. This is the best way to go.
Playdate Your Workday. Once your rambunctious tike knows your attention is elsewhere, they need you more than ever. Why not head off the tantrums at the pass? Make playtime a part of your schedule and give your kiddo tons of undivided fun attention. Play hard to wind them down and transition them to a relaxing cool-down with story time. After they’re (finally) settled, your blood is pumping, and you’re fresh and ready to write. Right?
Juggle Briefcases. Along with your laptop bag, keep a bag of tricks to entertain your youngest. Stock it with snacks and juice boxes—enough to share—because you’re going to need the extra calories for this job. For your little one, make sure to keep quiet play items like coloring books, puzzles and doodle paper on hand. This way, while you’re working, they’re working.
In my experience, the writing will still be slow-going. But, hey, some words are better than no words. Get to writing.