Being Productive With a Child

I don’t have children. However, I have a four-year-old niece. Well, I also have another niece and a nephew, but the four-year-old is the only one that comes to visit for the weekend. The other’s can wait until they’re two. My youngest niece is almost two.  My nephew is only a month and a half old. I forgot where I was going with this.


This past weekend, my four-year-old niece came to visit. Now, I always struggle to find time to write when she’s here. She’s extremely active, and it takes both my parents and I to reign her in sometimes. So, as a result, I didn’t get Saturday to write like I wanted to. Such a pain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece, but sometimes, it’s frustrating when I don’t get things done that I would like to get done. I admire parents… Especially single parents.

Usually, I end up getting absolutely no writing done when my niece is here. It seems like there’s never any time. Well, this weekend, I found time, like I’ve been so big on ranting about lately. It was time to shape up and take my own damn advice.

So, I found time to write. In the middle of the night.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I’m crazy to write in the middle of the night like that, right? I know you’re thinking that… Don’t deny it.

Let me guess. You’re too tired late at night. You need to get up early. Your kid wore you out. So what? You want to get that book published, don’t you? Well, the middle of the night or during nap time it is.

Okay, so I’m more talking about what belongs on my other site, but still. It’s annoying when people make excuses.

I can’t say that writing in the middle of the night is the best idea in the world, but sometimes, it’s necessary. I like sleep as much as the next person, but when you’re under a self-imposed deadline (or an actual deadline!) like I am, it’s kind of important to make some time for yourself…

So, when is the best time to write for you? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Being Productive With a Child

  1. With two beautiful but busy toddlers, I can only write during nap times, in the evening or when they’re happy playing. My girls must always come first, but I hope that, as they become older and more independent, they will be proud of their mum who has continued to work towards the dream of finishing her novel during the most hectic time of her life. I hope to inspire my girls to do the same. There are no excuses, you’re right. There is always a way to keep pressing, even when you’re tired or overworked. The only time is now after all!

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    • Exactly 🙂 The kids always come first — I realize that much. That’s the exact reason I don’t get near as much done when my niece is visiting. But as the kids become older, it’s so much easier to write! But of course, I guess it doesn’t help that I take a nap when it’s her nap time, too 😉

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      • I know exactly what you mean! With writing, I either become really wired or can’t keep my eyes open. There is no in between lol.
        My niece only visits one weekend a month, so it’s not really a big deal that I don’t get as much writing done when she’s here. When I have my own kids, though…well, that’s a different story. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

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