I had promised to write a post for Nicola, about planning my summer as a stay-at-home-mom-entrepreneur. This was a few weeks ago when I was feeling confident that I had it all together.
And then my girls’ school year abruptly ended on June 12th. The school year ended two weeks earlier than I had planned for (by the BC Teachers strike).
I juggled a bit haphazardly these past two weeks (also with the addition of out-of-town visitors) but we survived using a variety of methods (more screen time, getting up before everyone else in the house and using the visitors as babysitters a few times).
Now I can focus on my July & August planning:
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish over the summer:
- Tasks such as email, social media and newsletters and regular appointments with your staff or advisers that need to keep occurring regularly
- Tasks that are currently revenue generating take top priority
- Tasks that will potentially generate revenue are also important, you don’t want to have your ‘summer off’ to cause cash flow issues in the Fall
- “Nice to do” projects can be shelved until September or booked into specific weeks you have planned childcare
Make a Plan
I get up earlier, or use after-bed-time to check emails and carry out my regular admin tasks like responding to emails and scheduling social media.
Call in the Troops
Call on your parents if they’re close by and present a plan. I’ve asked my Mom to come over a few hours per month and in return I take her out for a movie night once in a while.
Make a list of all chores and household tasks including childcare and your spouse’s work hours. Make sure it’s split fairly, perhaps asking them to step up when they get home so you can go work at the coffee shop or set-up evening meetings. I ask my husband take the girls to their weekend classes so that I get a couple of hours in then too.
If a friend or fellow school mom has similar aged children, ask her if she’d be willing to drop her kids off to you for a day and take yours for a day in return – then take turns each week or twice per week. It’s free, and lets face it – your kids will even let you work while they’re playing with friends at home so you double-win!
Look to City camps as they tend to be very reasonably priced and fun for the kids all the same. My girls enjoy art and cooking camps but most cities offer a large variety of options. Bible camps can also be a great option as they’re reasonably priced and often include different activities each day, just look around at your community churches to see if any are offered.
I hire a part-time nanny for the summer and give her about 10-15 hours per week. This alleviates the guilt I have for asking my Mom to help out more over the summer and allows me to go work at a coffee shop nearby for a few hours or book meetings.
And finally, be present
This works best if your time is setup in blocks. Work time versus family time. Focus on the thing you’re currently doing. When you’re with the kids, be with them. Enjoy the zoo, the park, the picnic and try to forget about work in that moment.
I hope you have a prosperous and fun summer with your kids AND your business combined. It’s how we roll.
Connie Peters is a mom to three girls and founder of modernmama.com. The daily juggle mom and entrepreneur can be pure craziness but she wouldn’t trade it for the world.