That word fills many a mom with a tiny bit of terror and for work-at-home moms, the stress can be even greater!
The days with hours of kid-free time to complete projects are a distant memory.
Kids are clamoring for breakfast, trips to the pool or yet another snack (“I’m hungry!”)
But summertime can also be a tremendous blessing for this work-at-home mom of 4 boys.
And I often get almost as much work done with a lot less stress.
Thanks to Spinmaster for sponsoring this post and allowing me to encourage other moms! Affiliate links may be present.
Here are 5 secrets I depend on to make summertime fun for my kids AND productive for my business.
1. Have a plan.
Having a plan to work off of is ALWAYS beneficial but it’s mission critical when your work hours are cut short or mixed up like during summer vacation.
Setting aside 30 minutes to plan out my week (here’s my planning process) allows me to hit the ground running when I do sit down to work.
2. Get help wherever you can
No one can “do it all” and this is especially true of work-at-home moms.
Plus, life’s more fun for everyone when you’ve got other people in your kids lives.
We are blessed to have my mom close by.
She’s willing to take some or all of my kids so I can truly have a few uninterrupted hours to work.
And let me tell you, when this happens, I work 3 times as fast as usual since those long stretches of time are so rare during summer break!
Mom was over this week to lend a hand and she and my youngest son had a blast with this new Cars 3 game. It was quick to learn and fun to play.
This game is part puzzle – part board game.
Will likes building the bridges and crossing the finish line.
It’s the perfect game for a 6 year old. 🙂
(Psst – Cars 3 just came out in theaters this weekend and I’ve scored more kid-free time while Mom takes the boys to the movies 😊)
Spin Master games and Cars 3 toys are available at Amazon, Toys “R” Us and Walmart.
3. Be ready when inspiration strikes!
Last night we headed to the park and ended up staying for 90 minutes to play with friends. I always carry a notebook in my purse and so I mapped out the structure of an entire project I’ve had brewing right next to the sandbox as my 6 year old played.
Today I can take these notes and use them to launch my project next week. Easy peasy!
I’ve also worked (old-school style with notebook and pen) at our local trampoline park and in our backyard while the kids play on the swingset.
They like having me nearby and I can still take notes or answer emails.
4. Have working hours.
My schedule varies but I do let my kids know when I’m working (and thus not available to play). Thankfully they’re old enough to keep themselves busy and out of trouble during these times. I’m always within earshot so I can intervene if chaos erupts (just sayin’).
5. Share your progress with your kids!
As a work-at-home mom, every day is Take Your Children to Work Day. So why not let them know what you’re up to? I love to share my wins with my kids! They like hearing about my latest project or that when the next course is launched that we’ll all celebrate.
When my kids have an idea of what I’m working on, they’re more willing to be patient and accepting of my work. And they feel ownership of it as well.
Working at home is a whole different ballgame than heading into an office. Self-discipline is critical when you work at home.
Plus, but the flexibility it gives me to be with my kids is priceless.
Are you a work-at-home mom? What are your secrets for getting things done during summer break?
Thanks again to Spin Master for sponsoring this post and allowing me to encourage moms everywhere!
The Cars 3 game was provided for us as part of this post.
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