I saw this photo on Twitter today and it cracked me up.
It reminded me of my own (vain? valiant?) attempts to teach my au pairs and now my tweenagers when it is and isn’t okay to interrupt me in my home office.
These days, I’ve shifted to a new and less draconian rule:
If my fingers are moving on the keyboard or if I am on the phone (or both at the same time, supermom!) I am NOT TO BE INTERRUPTED.
A colleague of mine who also often works at home has a simple rule for her au pair, which she calls
The Fire Or Blood Rule:
- If it’s on fire, she can be interrupted.
- If there’s blood, she can be interrupted.
Otherwise, it’s up to the au pair to use her/his best judgement.
Au Pairs, how do you decide whether or not to interrupt a working-from-home parent?
Are there any hard and fast “interruption rules” at your house?