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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Postal Customer Family Time November 2015 Timely information for today’s busy local families Family Time – pg. 1-2 & 10 Classifieds – pg. 4-8 Going Out – pg. 8-9 Get The Job Done Right! • Complete Plumbing Services • Whole House Remodels • New Construction • HVAC Replacement • Infloor Heating • Geothermal Systems • Drain Cleaning • Maintenance Agreements Aiden Kauffman, 10, the son of Andy and Anji Kauffman of Montrose, studies caterpillars during a home-schooled science class. Anji has a quilting business at home, while Andy, a release manager for OptumHealth (part of UnitedHealth Group), works from home a few days each week. The other days, he commutes to Eden Prairie. • Upfront Pricing SUBMITTED PHOTO Working from home while raising a family Local parents share what works for them BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor Some parents commute to the office each day, while others are “stay-athome” moms and dads. But, for a growing number of families, there’s a third option – work from home while keeping an eye on the kids. Forbes reported that one in five Americans work from home at least once a week, an arrangement that about 90 percent say gives them a better life/ work balance. “I feel really lucky,” said Hope Koosman of Howard Lake, who chose to stay home after her daughter, Eden, was born in March 2014. “I was able to be there the first time she rolled over, and the first time she walked. I think it was worth it; it goes by so fast.” For the first year, Koosman spent an average of 15 hours per week doing data entry research from home. “I would just find little hours through the day,” she said, adding that she had the flexibility to punch out when her daughter needed attention. Now, Koosman works from home as a nanny, watching her 3-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew. “I have them about 35 hours a week,” she said. “They nap two to two-and-ahalf hours a day, so that’s nice.” evenings per week, while her husband, Brad, watches Eden. “It’s nice to have time with other grown ups,” Koosman laughed. “With adults, I don’t have to constantly correct their behavior. It’s kind of like a little break.” ‘It becomes less of a job and more of a lifestyle.’ – Andy Kauffman Alicia Boltz of Howard Lake, who has an 9-month-old son, Ezra, and a 6year-old son, Luke, agrees that working from home often means less adult interaction. “I’m more of a social person, so that part I do miss,” she said, adding that sometimes she gets “stir crazy” and calls a friend or family member so they can have lunch together. Boltz, who works 20-25 hours per week as a designer for Herald Journal, noted that a home-based job has definite advantages, too. Making the transition “It takes a little bit of getting used to, but now we have a system down,” Time for social breaks she said. Koosman also works in the Herald In the mornings, she feeds the boys Journal print shop in Winsted a few breakfast, and gets her oldest on the Waconia (952) 442-8252 Hutchinson (320) 587-7437 www.phcraig.com bus for school. Then she heads to her desk, while Ezra either naps or plays nearby. “He’s pretty happy,” Boltz said. “When he gets fussy, I can feed him his bottle with one hand while I’m working. There are certain things I can do when I’m with Ezra, like emails, and other things I try to do while he’s napping.” Using technology to work independently The freedom to telecommute is an arrangement companies aren’t able to offer to everyone. “You have to be reliable and able to work independently,” Boltz said. “You also have to be trustworthy, still meet your deadlines, and be willing to communicate.” Technology has made it easier for employees to keep in touch with bosses, coworkers, and clients. Release manager Andy Kauffman, for example, uses WebEx meeting software to work from his home in Montrose a few days each week. The other days, he commutes to the OptumHealth office (part of UnitedHealth Group) in Eden Prairie. “From my perspective, it works out great,” Kauffman said, but added that his family might say his job tends to creep into home life. Due to the nature of his position, Kauffman often works into the eve- Hope Koosman stays at home with her daughter, Eden, while working as a nanny for her niece and nephew. SUBMITTED PHOTO Alicia Boltz works as a designer for Herald Journal from her home in Howard Lake. She has an 9-month-old son, Ezra, and a 6-year-old son, SUBMITTED PHOTO Luke. nings, taking breaks between meet- agencies, and tech support, to name a ings to help with laundry, tutoring, or few. dishes. “The world has changed so much “It kind of all blends together,” he now,” Kauffman noted. said. “It becomes less of a job and more of a lifestyle.” Why people work Kauffman’s wife, Anji, also works at home, homeschooling their two chilfrom home dren (ages 10 and 16) and operating a quilting business. According to articles from Forbes Family connectedness Kauffman noted that it’s nice to be able to build relationships with his family throughout the day. For families who work/study at home together, Kauffman recommends trying to be “considerate, empathetic, and flexible.” Having separate working areas also helps. “School is generally downstairs, right by my wife’s quilting area, which is a separate room,” Kauffman said. “Typically, I work upstairs.” He also suggests investing in a wide bandwidth if multiple people need the Internet at one time. According to articles in Family Circle and BankRate.com, examples of fields