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Kidding Around Kidding aside, reel 'em in, meeting halfway.

By Lynn H. Colwell

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Spending more time with your kids may have been one of thereasons you decided to start a business from home. But keeping abusiness running and children occupied so you can work can be achallenge.

For Amy Levitt, owner of Amydoodles, a personalized giftbusiness in Needham, Massachusetts, the best solution is to involveher children in the business. Her son, now 8, was tapped as ahelper when Levitt started the business four years ago. Herdaughter, now 5, joined in as a toddler.

"If I have a big order, they can take things out of boxesand put labels on the back," says Levitt. "When I do amailing, they attach labels and stamps. When a delivery arrives,they love to unpack cartons and put inventory away."

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