Summer’s Here, Now What? -
How to Work When the Kids
© Cheryl C. Malandrinos
- All Rights Reserved.
This year I’ve especially looked forward to
With everything the girls
are involved in, it will be nice for all the activities
to come to an end so we can slow down the pace a
Of course, I also won’t
have a few hours a day to myself anymore.
Working from home while the kids
are there too, doesn’t have to mean burning the midnight oil
just to keep up with your to-do list.
Here are a few ways you can
remain productive, keep the kids occupied and still leave
room for family time.
One of the things I’ve spoken
about is finding a work schedule that is best for
With the kids home,
however, that schedule might not be practical; especially
if you’re used to working during the
Consider getting up a bit earlier
or working after the kids are in bed.
While this might not be
easy all year long, it is a temporary solution that can
help you accomplish your weekly goals.
Make sure you continue to
take advantage of time spent in doctor’s waiting rooms to
get additional work done.
Take More Frequent
While it might seem
counter-productive to take more breaks during the day, you’ll
get more done if you don’t have to listen to, “I’m bored!”
every five minutes.
When it goes off, put your
work down and spend time with the
Read, have a picnic lunch
in the backyard, or play a game
Easy Arts and
Nowadays there are so many arts
and crafts kits available that there is bound to be something
your children will like.
A good way to transition from
family time back to work time is to have arts and crafts set
out for the kids.
When you’re done playing,
let them choose what they want to
Read the instructions
together and then let them know you need to work until
the timer rings again.
Make sure to have other simple
activities such as molding clay, paints or coloring books and
crayons available in case they get bored with what they are
Remind them that you can’t be
interrupted until the timer goes off.
As long as you consistently
get up and spend time with them when promised, the kids
will learn to respect your work
Young children love to help Mommy
Take advantage of this by
allowing them to dust or sweep the
Will it be
But it will be good
Older children can do the
laundry, wash dishes, empty the trash or clean the living areas
so that you can spend more time together
Until this year when I found
myself busier than normal, I wasn’t a huge fan of play
Spending time dropping off
the kids and then driving home, not to mention wasting
time talking with another parent during drop-off and
pick-up, seemed counter-productive.
Even one hour of uninterrupted
time can make a difference in how much you
Schedule regular play dates
throughout the summer.
This will keep kids in
touch with their friends, and parents who take turns
hosting play dates at their houses get some much needed
Day camps can also be a chance
for your children to interact with their peers while allowing
you the freedom to work without
Summer is a fun time for
It can also be a productive
season for you.
With a few simple changes,
you can work at home even when the kids are there
About the Author:
CherylC. Malandrinos is a freelancer who
specializes in helping writers increase productivity through
time management and organization. She has also written
articles on everyday life in the 1800’s, gardening, parenting,
and women’s health issues. A member of Musing Our Children,
Cheryl is the new editor of Pages & Pens, Musing Our
Children’s quarterly newsletter. Her first children’s book
will be released in 2010. You can find out more about
Cheryl by visiting her website