My 2 year old and I are spending a lot of time together at the moment. Due to various childcare arrangements falling away that I won’t bore you with, he now comes to work with me.
Luckily all the Country Child team are mothers so they are sympathetic and relaxed about working alongside toddlers … and dogs. However, as many know going out anywhere with a 2 year old involves a bit of pre-planning. This is my check list:
- a bag with change of clothes
I do spend a lot of time during my working day taking him to the loo – but obviously the odd accident does occasionally happen.
- toy box of cars or knights
Again it’s all in the planning. I arrive and set up the game. Thankfully Candice has kept lots of her children’s toys including an excellent box of bricks. So, we build the fort or the road in the corner of the office and ‘let the game begin’.
- an iPad
This is loaded up with episodes of Peppa Pig but hidden in my bag until the imaginative games come to an end. The only problem with this is that it does mean we work with the sounds of Peppa and her family in the background, but I’m researching toddler headphones.
- a picnic
Bribery is important. We take a small box containing a few bits of food. I do show him this before we leave home, to avoid a sudden launch into an explosive tantrum on arriving in the office. He’s a fussy eater so we have to get it right – banana, chocolate spread sandwich (no crusts), a Penguin, raisins and an Innocent drink. Sugar content is simply ignored on the grounds of – well, getting some work done.
The word “Costa” to my son, means we’re going to work today. Coffee and work go hand in hand – and that also means a Babyccino and a croissant (or chocolate twist), which we pick up on our way to work.
Dare I say it, taking a toddler to the office can work. I do have to work like lightening as the toddler time clock ticks behind me, which perhaps is a good thing. And my working day is cut shorter than it would be if I was child-free. I also have to remain calm and extremely patient. So lots of positives.
It won’t be long before he goes to nursery and then I’ll suddenly have child-free working days. In an odd way I’m not sure if I’ll be as productive without him. I’ll probably work a lot slower, be more stressed and it’ll be oddly quiet without the toddler battle noises in the background.