A few weeks back we hosted our #EMomNowAB tweet chat about business summer survival tips. We were fortunate to have Julie Freedman-Smith from Parenting Power join us as our special guest. Julie shared her tips along with personal experience working from home during the summer months while her kids were at home.
Julie had such great advice that we couldn’t help but grab them off the Twitter-verse and turn it into an article to share.
Here are some of the golden nuggets Julie shared:
Summer time is really about being realistic – knowing what work needs to get done and when you will do it. Summer with the kids can be a really fun time – you just need a plan.
Planning means there is less guilt. Guilt is the difference between expectations and reality. If we have realistic expectations, we decrease the guilt.
Being your own boss means that you can decide how you want to spend your summer. If you can get clear with what you want…then you just need to plan when it will happen and be realistic about it.
Then create your plan…don’t put it off just because it feels complicated. Just get it happening.
Keeping a consistent schedule (when to work and when to play) can really help your kids. Make sure that your kids know what they are doing when you are working.
When kids push back, it is often because they feel like they have no control – so the more they know the routine, the easier.
But bear in mind, this plan is definitely going to change with the ages of your kids.
Let the kids know when they’ll need to find something to do…plan with them ahead of time. With little kids, it can help to make a stop sign for your office door so that they can clearly see when to leave you alone.
And there’s nothing wrong with planning break times…lots of them!
Finally, ask for help when you need it. Offer help too.