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.
- Invest in a Support System – Enlist dependable help by hiring pool of babysitters or joining Play, Work or Dash – to focus on work for those chunks of time you intentionally block off for working without interruption. You can purchase one of our Summer Packs of Passes here. Use Promo Code: SUMMER15 to save 15%.
- 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.