Kids to Work – Can I Bring Them With Me to Clean?

Hi there, I'm Angela Brown, in this is Ask a House Cleaner This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question and I get to help you find an answer

Now, today's question comes from a new mom who cleans houses And she wants to know; “How appropriate is it for me to take my kids with me when I go house cleaning?” She says “nobody is there but I'm nursing right now, and I need to have my baby nearby, and I need to watch my toddler” Alrighty mom I got bad news for you My suggestion, and this is my personal opinion based on my experience in the house cleaning business My experience is it is not a good idea ever to take your children with you to a house cleaning job

I know that doesn't sound very convenient to you because you are nursing and because you have a toddler, but there are programs called day share, where you can partner with another mom And that other mom can babysit for you while you go clean houses And then you can babysit for her while she goes to her job whatever that is So, you may want to work your schedules together and there maybe Facebook groups that do day share programs (Instead of daycare it’s dayshare

) You may want to figure out a program with another mom so that you guys can work your schedules together Here’s what happens when you take a kid to a job for house cleaning Even if the people are not there you're taking your kid into someone else's home And so, as a parent your first inclination is to take care of your children That will always be your first priority

When you're working for someone else they need you to be their first priority And so, if your kid toddlers or whatever, start to get into stuff they could pull stuff off the walls They can get into something They could spill something, they could spill something on the rug And now you're liable for whatever the damage they do in someone else's home

And so, you need to be watching them 100% of the time And if your energy and attention is diverted to what you're cleaning, you're not going to be able to be focused on your kids And so, my experience over all of the moms that I've seen take their kids to house cleaning jobs over the years, my experience is they can focus on the kids, or they can focus on the house cleaning, but they can't do either one very well So, the kids suffer and the house suffers So, I know you need the money but don't do it

It is not a good idea Now, the nursing part it’s a little bit different situation Because yes, your baby does need food But that's why they make pumps And so, it's not convenient and I know it's not comfortable but consider pumping before you go to clean a house

And leave the bottles with the mother who's going to do the day share program with you That is going to be a much better opportunity for you because as a mom you just need to get away and clear your head and have some time on your own That would be ideal if you were at the spa and you were having a pedicure and a manicure and a facial and all these things, but even cleaning someone else's house is time away Where are you can just catch your breath and you can do something else This something else is actually productive and it pays for your bills

But it's not you babysitting 24/7 So, my suggestion to you is do not take your children with you to clean houses It's not a good idea It never was and it never will be Because if you are not a hundred percent watching your children, your children could get into your cleaning supplies

And even if they're non-toxic cleaning supplies they could spill those, they can get into those They can get into something else They can open drawers And most people's homes (unless they have kids themselves that are of that age,) they haven't childproofed those houses So, all the cupboards and all of the drawers and everything is open and available to a toddler who can get into stuff

I don't recommend it at all It is it is just not a good idea It's not professional and it's not going to help you out Now the person that you're cleaning for might be understanding And they might say “I have kids of my own I totally understand, that’s okay

” They might be willing to work with you but I promise you this; they're not going to refer you to anyone You're not going to build up a referral business because you're high maintenance And people are not going to send you to another house where they know you're going to be bringing a couple of children One that you're nursing, and one that's a toddler that's going to get into all their stuff From a business perspective, absolutely not

It is not a good idea It never was and it never will be Your children are a liability And if you have to choose between cleaning and your children (when you're at someone else's house) you will always choose your children because you love them and that's your priority, and that's the way it should be

So, focus on your kids are focus on your business, and if you can't do both then find some other help Maybe a relative or a friend or a neighbor or another mom can watch your kids while you go do those jobs And it will it will give you a chance to clear your head and just take a little mom break And that you will be appreciative as well And then when you come back you'll miss your kids and everyone wins

So that's my two cents Alrighty, and until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it