Who doesn’t love summer vacation? No more strict schedules, worrying about getting to school on time, packing lunches, it’s all on hiatus for the next two months. July and August should be filled with fun summer activities right? Usually that has been the case, but this year, before the end of school, I started to feel a bit panicky.
With blogging five days a week, some freelance work on the side and things amping up for our South Asian Bloggers Network, all of a sudden, I am one busy WAHM! Even though it’s wonderful to be busy doing all these things I love, I enjoy doing things with the kids in the summer as well.
So how do we balance it all; find time to get all of our work done as well as spend time and have fun with the kids? You may not believe it, but it is doable! I’ve teamed up with 4 awesome mom bloggers and we are sharing with you, 5 Summer Survival Tips for Work-At-Home Moms.
For myself, I usually fit in some work here are there during the day. I do some work when I wake up earlier than the kids, answer some emails while the kids are playing together, do a little writing if the kids are having quiet time and of course do a lot of the more labour intensive work once the kids have gone to bed at night. But realistically, it’s not enough time to get everything I need done.
So, once a week, I pack a up a backpack with activity books, crayons, some lego, small games, the iPad and of course a bunch of snacks and lunch. Then we head over to a Tim Hortons where I know they have reliable wifi, and we settle in for a few hours.
When we first go in, the kids each get a muffin and I usually get a large steeped tea. The air-conditioning is always on full blast, so it’s nice to have something warm to drink.
Then I pull out the activity sheets and crayons for the kids. They will eat their muffins and then start doing the sheets. There will be some questions here and there, but they know to try and figure out stuff together so that I can get work done. Once the sheets are done, they will probably color a little, build some lego and play a game. By then they are hungry so I pull out their food and that keeps them busy for a while as well.
I’ll grab some lunch too and keep working. Realistically, at this point, the kids are getting a bit antsy so that’s when I pull out the big guns, the iPads. I’ve dowloaded a bunch of fun, educational apps that they really like and that buys me at least another hour to work.
At first I used to feel guilty doing this with the kids, but I realized there was no reason to. I wasn’t doing it everyday, plus, they actually enjoyed going. I even have the kids ask me, “When are we going to Tim Horton’s again mom?” I think it’s the lure of the chocolate chip muffins and the iPad at their disposal.
This is one thing that really helps me out during the summer to get a big chunk of work under my belt.
As I mentioned, I’ve teamed up with these lovely mom bloggers and they’ll be sharing with you their Summer Survival Tip for Work-At-Home Moms. Click on the each link below to find out their secrets of balancing work and motherhood during the summer.
If you’re a parent that works from home, how do you stay productive during the summer when the kids are at home?