Balancing Work & Kids During Summer Break
So we are in the throws of summer, not too far away from the back to school routine beginning. It’s that time of year when summer camps are winding down and the kids are starting to get bored. Summer break is a long one, and having kids at home means keeping them all engaged and busy in age appropriate ways. Having worked from home for many years, I have gotten used to the juggle of work and kids activities during the summer. Here are some suggestions to help you navigate through work and summer fun with the kids.
- Get work done early in the morning. Make a plan in the morning for the work that needs to get done and stick to the block of time that you set aside.
- Keep your kids busy with age-appropriate chores. If they have a place they want to go, give them a list to complete before departure. A little perk to get the house straightened up while child is motivated.
- Stick to a routine. Your kids will get used to the routine if you make sure there’s something fun in it for them at some point in the day. If they can be patient and quiet while you’re on the phone with a client, you can take them to the pool in the afternoon.
- Forward your calls. Cell phones and smart phones make taking the kids on an adventure without “leaving” the office possible. If you have to talk with clients, allow your child to bring a friend so they can have fun even if you can’t engage.
Of course it all depends on what age your kids are and how independent they can be. Work is important, and so is making fun summer memories for your kids. Talk with them to come up with a plan that works for everyone.