Summer as a work-at-home mom
Summer time can be hard for two work at home parents, but I have been pleased with all that we’ve been able to fit in as a family. Camping trips, visits to and from family, and lots of afternoons at the pool…
Yesterday, I packed the kids up in the car once again to drive 2 hours away to my sister’s house, where KitKat (my oldest) has been staying and helping out with her little ones for the last week.
Andrea and I love to have adventures with the kids, and definitely pushed our luck last night when we took 6 kids to Friendly’s at 8:00pm, followed by a very late visit to Hershey Park, where we got in free for the last 30 minutes. Each kid got to ride 2 rides, and we escaped with only one child sobbing.
I was thinking this morning, after spending the night on an Aerobed with Mimi the cat about some of the things that have helped us not only survive the summer, but really enjoy it, too.
Tips for work-at-home moms to enjoy summer time with kids
- Set limits – my kids know that I have to work in the mornings and again at night, and they need to find things to do around the house while I work.
- Stick with a schedule – schedule fun activities, like swimming at the pool or checking out books at the library, so that the kids have something regular to look forward to.
- Relax the rules a little – typically, my kids don’t play many games or watch a ton of tv, but we relax the rules during the summer.
- Get together with friends – I’ve always loved inviting a few kids over to play. It keeps my kids entertained without having to go anywhere.
- Schedule in some day-time NO WORK hours – I realized early on this summer that I wouldn’t be able to get away with not working at all during the day, but I can make certain hours of the day time to devote to the kids.
- Keep meals simple – To maximize time with my kids, I am spending less time in the kitchen in the evenings. Yes, that means that we aren’t having quite as fancy meals, but no one seems to mind coming home from the pool and throwing a quick meal together.
- Plan day trips – we are loving taking vacation time close to home. Rather than traveling somewhere extravagant for vacation, we are seeing sights around home.
- Keep things varied – if I have a busy day on the computer, I will try to make more time for the kids the next day.
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