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Babies on Board

Can you take care of baby and business at the same time?

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This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Start Up.

Q: I get the impression that when you're working from home and have small children, it's best to arrange for child care. But one reason I brought my business home was so I could be with my newborn. What is your opinion about this? Can I both work from home and take care of my daughter while she's still a babe in arms?

A: As you can tell from the previous question, depending on one's personal style and particular business, many parents work from home successfully while caring for their children. But your question is more specific. You're asking about a particular age group, such as 0 to 8 months, that's often considered a time when babies need full-time adult attention. We've recently discovered a book that provides some unique insights into this question and reinforces your instinctual desire to be with your baby during this formative time.

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