A couple weeks ago I offered a glimpse into Nate's office and shared that our work-play life balance has been a bit out of whack. I'm pleased to say that we've finally honed in to clean up this messy space. We've also discovered an awesome tip for working with toddlers at home!
It probably won't grace the cover of Better Homes and Gardens anytime soon, but the functionality of this space and our working with toddlers hack is astounding.
Working with Toddlers at Home
This is a home-built desk that is an almost exact duplicate of one that Papa made for Nate's tool area on the other side of the room. Nate's going to share more details on the construction as soon as he has a chance. What makes it really neat is that there are two table surfaces: a lower storage area and an upper desktop that juts out significantly to provide a lot of space around our legs.
An old Ikea hutch in the corner is housing most of our media stuff to clear off the floor so that the kids have room to play around us when we find ourselves working with toddlers at home. We do our best to get everything done during naptime and at night, but there is the inevitable hour here and there when we need to hop on the computer. We've tried setting up adjacent tables and craft spaces, but the kids inevitably get into mischief as our backs are turned. Flipping the table to face outward wasn't a realistic solution. We decided instead to bring the kids back into our view with a simple, clever fix.
We're still working with Lenovo on their Intel All-in-Ones, and found that the lower area is a perfect spot to entertain the kids with our Lenovo 2S screen!
It's the least expensive of our computers, so we're comfortable letting them try out their skills on it. I also take it into the kitchen frequently to reference online recipes, and it has a space on my craft table for when I want tutorials to guide me through projects.
Obviously, the kids aren't allowed in here without us due to fragile items, loose cords and other safety concerns related to an office space.
But when mama and dada need to work side-by-side, we're confident knowing that the little ones are safely tucked under our feet. They love to watch movies and play games at what we affectionately call “the lower deck.” We work with Netflix as Stream Team members, too, so this is a perfect chance to screen their latest shows. Raise your hand if your kids are obsessed with Dragons: Race to the Edge!
To manage the data storage challenges of having three separate machines, Netgear helped us out with a ReadyNAS 202. It has MASSIVE storage capabilities and works as a cloud that we can access remotely from the internet or even sync to folders on computers connected wirelessly. With the touch of a button, files are synced between the desktops and the laptop and, yes, even the Lenovo 2S. When it's time to get up and showcase some of our media work for a client, we grab that convenient touchscreen and head out the door.
When you have the right technology, working with toddlers is as easy as one…two…three.
Do you have any tips for working with toddlers?