How do you survive summer with kids and also get work done? Here are some tips to help find balance during the summer for work at home moms and dads. Good advice for work from home parents.
Tips to find balance when working at home with kids.
Working from home in the summer with kids is not the easiest thing to do! I have survived working from home with kids for over 16 years and I hope you enjoy my advice and tips for trying to find some life balance while the kids are home this summer.
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!
I try to have as much fun as possible during the summers, but I run several businesses and also have to make time to work. There are so many things that have to get done each day. Working from home as a stay at home parent is the hardest job around. Trying to get things accomplished in summer can be nearly impossible.
Originally published June 24, 2011
How do you get any work done with kids home all summer?
When 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 with Kids
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 mason jar full of fun activities or places to visit that we wrote down on small pieces of paper. I love our Good Kid Reward Jars! The kids can draw one activity a day from the jar if they’ve been good while Mommy works.
3. Do less.
It’s okay to say no. This might be the season that you just can’t put anything else on your plate. It will be alright! I’ve found when I say no to one good thing, something even better 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.
I often worry that if I take time off from my blog and social media that things will come crashing down. Well, after 9 years of blogging with two websites, that hasn’t happened yet. So If you are concerned about that, don’t be. I promise, it will still be waiting for you when you get back!
I know it’s hard to take off from social media, especially if it’s the main way you promote your business. A great way to be able to take off more time is to automate, automate, automate!!! Check out this list of social media tools and auto schedulers that I use so I’m able to take off during the day and still keep my social channels going.
Update: I wrote this article when my kids were ages 4 and 8. I’m so happy I took more time off during the days back then to enjoy play time. They are now 11 and 15! I can’t stress how important it is to make time during the day to enjoy your kids while they are little. If you are trying to grow your business, then work at night when they are sleeping. Believe me, in a few years, it will be worth loosing sleep.
Now that my kids are so big, I want to hug them all day and keep them from growing more! Don’t miss out on the times when they want to cuddle, make forts with sheets and let you read them a book. I miss that so much!
4. Take time out for you.
I just went on a trip to Sonoma with my college girlfriends and it was such a wonderful time! I feel that 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, carve out a few hours a week this summer for yourself.
A happy mom, makes everyone happier!
Do you work from home? How are you finding balance this summer?
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