Then you participate in a conference call.
The key to keeping up with the office while at home is making sure your child is occupied so he or she doesn’t interrupt. On my first work-from-home-potty-training day, I participated in an hour-long call while my daughter played happily in our guest room. When I finished the call, she was still playing happily–and there was a huge puddle on the floor. (Let me pause right here to say that hardwood floors and a Swiffer Wet Jet are indispensable items for potty training parents.) We had progressed to the point–that day, at least–when she had decided diapers were hopelessly passe and was insisting on wearing her Dora The Explorer panties or nothing at all. Well, both Dora panties and nothing at all call for close supervision. And close supervision is hard to do when you’re trying to brainstorm with your colleagues by phone.
Potty training toddlers are a fickle, fibbing bunch. They will insist they don’t have to potty, only to go everywhere two seconds later. They will sit on the pot and go, giving you a false sense of security that it’s OK to relax your eagle eye. Then, the minute you turn your back, they’ll go even more, all over your favorite leather chair. My daughter is great at telling us she needs to use the potty–50 percent of the time, she tells us after she’s already used it in the corner. Most of this I figured out last Tuesday as I tried to juggle my job at the office and my job as the person who’s supposed to be teaching Little One to stay dry. “Wow,” I thought, as I cleaned up puddle #2, “If my co-workers could only see me now, they’d *really* be jealous of this flexible work schedule. This right here is Glamour with a capital G.”
Tomorrow I’m working from home again. And I’ve got a new package of Pull-Ups. She’s made a bit of progess in the past week. Maybe I won’t need them. But I’ve got a couple of calls to do, and I’m running out of Wet Jet refill pads. I figure I’m safer saving the hard-core potty training for after office hours.