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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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38. The Shift to Home-Based Work with Older Children

Children who are born to telecommuters tend to grow up understanding and accepting the inherent rules of telecommuting for families. Except during phases of great attachment or separation anxiety (remember, they'd scream just as loudly if you were leaving to drive to an office), these children seem to take for granted that they have a parent working at home who cannot be disturbed during working hours. And note, these children also seem to have an internal clock that tells them when you should be done working!

The dynamics are different, however, if you begin telecommuting when your children are beyond the baby stage and have different expectations of parental presence and proximity. These ...

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