Frequently, parents choose to work from home so that they can be available for their kids. However, when the kids are out of school for summer, parents frequently wish they were not so available. Here are some basic ways for work-from-home parents and their children to survive the summer.
Take Advantage of Technology
Computers are cheap, get a separate one for the kids and load it with age-appropriate games. This will keep them off your computer – and they’ll need one for school at some point anyway.
Set your house up with a wireless network – then you can roam with the kids.
For blogging and other social media, use scheduled posting. That way, you can create content at 3am and have it show up on the internet at nice regular intervals.
Use Your Community
There are multitudes of community calendars on-line. Local community centers, libraries, and museums regularly fill their summer calendars with kid-friendly events at little to no cost.
Speaking of museums, many offer a free day once a month. Send the kids, or take some family time to see what your area has to offer.
Your community includes other parents, for your sanity and theirs, schedule play-dates at alternating houses.
Get a pool membership. For the kids who know how to not drown and are old enough to get themselves to the pool, you might not see them again until dinner. For the younger kids, a trip to the pool can be a great break for you as well as an excellent way to exhaust your kids so that they’ll take longer naps.
Use Your Time Wisely
When you have a chunk of quality work time, use it to complete the projects that provide income. Do your social media, internet research, and e-mail when you are more likely to have kid issues come up because those tasks interrupt easily.
At some point your kids will be old enough to amuse themselves. They’re just bugging you because you’re around. That is a good time to work somewhere else.
If you’ve got a babysitter, or when the kids are at swim lessons, working somewhere else can improve productivity because of all the other distractions that working from home may involve.
Enroll in Swim Lessons
California’s biggest neighbor is the Pacific Ocean, it is a good idea for kids to learn to swim – at least well enough to keep their heads above water without their feet touching the bottom. Community and private pools alike offer swimming programs that can give the working parent several hours of un-interrupted work time a week.
Entrepreneurship is About Survival
In short, the key to surviving summer vacation is flexibility. Enjoy your children, work when they’re out of the house or sleeping, and get out of the house when you can.