We’ve been staying up late, making forts with sheets and swimming. No fancy vacations this year, just visiting family and learning to tie shoes. (A BIG accomplishment around here!)
But I still have to make time to work. There are many things that have to get done.
As summer starts to become a very busy one for me. I try to take moments throughout the day for special times with both of my children.
Whether it is making a bubbly drink or playing a game of chess that I have no idea how to play… I hope they remember that I wasn’t always in front of a computer or on the phone for work.
I hope they remember that mom was home with them and doing her best to be a good parent.
4 Tips for Finding Balance This Summer
My kids are only going to a few weeks of camp this summer, the rest of the time they are home. With no family nearby to help with babysitting, here are a few tips from what I’m doing to find some balance…
1. Have certain hours or days that you work. Let your clients, co-workers and your kids know these hours.
Make sure your kids understand these are times you will be working and have activities planned for them such as crafting, drawing, play dough, building forts, cleaning their rooms or reading. I’ve found that inviting friends over doesn’t help and makes it harder to get work done.
2. Take several hours a day to be totally offline and just play with the kids.
I personally have to get out of the house, or I’m too tempted to check email or Facebook! We have a fun bowl full of activities or places to visit that we wrote down on small pieces of paper. The kids can draw one activity a day if they’ve been good while Mommy works.
3. Do less.
It’s okay to say no. I’ve found when I say no to one good thing, something really great usually comes around the corner. I have also not been blogging as much as you might have noticed. Or maybe not? Either way, I’m doing less to make more time for my kiddos:-)
4. Take time out for you.
I just went on a trip with my college girlfriends and it was such a wonderful time. I feel I’m a much happier person when I take time out for myself, even if it’s just reading a book or relaxing in the bathtub. A happy mom, makes everyone happier!