This is a reprint of a comment I made over at Freelance Switch:
This may not be a popular opinion, but it’s my opinion: I don’t think freelance writing should be looked at as a way to work with your kids underfoot. I think both your writing and your kids get the shaft that way. I think it should be looked at as a way to make a work schedule AROUND your kids, but NOT one that INVOLVES your kids constantly vying for attention with the computer.
I guess some do it, and I guess they do it “successfully”- but who knows what “successfully” means? I think it’s subjective, and for me, successful means that my kids never say “you’re a computer zombie” and my clients never say “you never meet deadlines and why is there juice on my brochure?”
I don’t think this is a popular opinion in WAHM circles, but it is a description of my own experience (keeping in mind that my freelancing occurred when I had children ages 2 and up- those darn toddlers!) I’m definitely not saying NEVER work when your kids are solely in your charge- I’m saying don’t do it as a regular occurrence.
I guess I’m not saying that all freelance writers who work with kids DO this- – – I’m saying try not to do this, because I’ve been there, done that, and it doesn’t work well.