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5 Tips for Balancing Work With Kids During Summer Break – As Seen on Fox 5 DC

5 Tips for Balancing Work With Kids During Summer Break – As Seen on Fox 5 DC

The start of Summer Break can be stressful for families with young children. Parents often spend months scrambling to book Summer Camps and find child care. This can be a costly and difficult time for parents. But, even if parents are able to work from home, this doesn’t mean there is any less of a frenzy trying to balance the task of getting work done while keeping the children engaged and happy. Having a flexible schedule doesn’t mean everything is easier. You have to work smarter and get creative to avoid burnout!

On Monday, June 21, I was on Fox 5 DC to share 5 Tips for Balancing Work With Kids During Summer Break.

Here are my five tips:

  • Schedule Time with Intention – Break up your day(s) based on what you want to get accomplished – i.e. Quality time with kids, accounting/money matters, marketing, chores – Determine what needs full attention and what can be done with kids around.
  • Block off & Label Time – Set a timer and be open with the kids about what time of day it is. “Quiet time for everyone” “Play time” “Activity time” and “work time.” You can also create a visual board to share your daily schedule with the kids.
  • When you are with the kids – Be with the kids– When scheduling with intention – block off time to be present for kids. Turn off your phone and spend that time focusing on them. Don’t always try to multitask.
  • Forgive Yourself – No one is perfect and we all do the best we can. You are trying to work from home to be with them, but it doesn’t mean it’s a perfect solution.