By now all schools would have closed and all school going kids would be over the moon, EXCITED..summer holidays have started! But the parents of kids, who work from home, would not be so excited. How to work from home with kids is indeed very challenging. Summer holidays last for a long time 6 weeks to 8 weeks, nearly 2 months ! Parents not only need to work but also keep the children occupied. I would like to share some top tips on how to handle both of them .
Allocate time for doing your work in a day. Say you want to do 3 hours of work during the day, work 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. Allocate time for any other chores you would want to do for example cooking lunch or playing with kids. Time management is very crucial to completing all your professional and personal work .
Before the start of the holidays, make sure you have stocked up on your stationary like printer papers, cartridges, etc. Make a timetable or schedule of how you would complete all your work on time as per your deadlines. Make sure you follow this schedule properly .
Explain your work to your children
Explain to your children that why your work is important to you ? What would happen if you are unable to complete your work on time? You should do this so that children realise the importance of your work- financial or need to create your identity. Kids shouldn’t feel neglected during the holidays.
During the holidays, I often explain to my children that I would be working from home so that I can look after them. But when I am working, please do not disturb me. If I complete my work on time, I can play with them or take them out to the park or to the beach. If your children are very young then they might not understand. Even older children will need to be reminded time and again not to disturb while the parent is working.
Make a list of activities
Before the start of every holiday, I make a list of indoor and outdoor activities which are of interest to the kids. Then I add a list of educational work which I would like them to do during the holidays. For example times table,spellings, cursive writing etc. Like me, you can put the list on the fridge or anywhere you can easily access it. If you feel the kids are getting bored or restless, you won’t need to think how to keep the kids busy, as the list is right in front of you.
Consider buying some inexpensive toys – the novelty of the toys will keep them busy. If you have bought more than one toy , space out giving each toy.
Keep toys and games within reach
If you have got more than one child, make sure all the toys and games are within easy access. For example while you are working, your children can play a game of snakes and ladders with each other. If the games are within their reach they can easily get it themselves rather than you leaving your work and bringing the game to them.
Don’t forget to spend time with them
Parents have got to accept that during the summer holidays, they wouldn’t be able to do as much work as they would be able to do during the school term time. Whilst making your schedule, try to accommodate sometime spending with the kids doing their favourite activity, indoors and outdoors.
Take the kids to parks and beaches
Make sometime available for taking kids to parks and beaches – that is the best and cheapest way to enjoy the summer, also it’s the most enjoyable activity for kids. As a parent, you would to get fresh air as well and enjoy the sunshine!
Consider Summer camps or activities
If your child likes certain activities like swimming or football, get them enrolled in the holiday courses. If your child likes going to summer camps, enroll them there. This will encourage social skills in them. They might also learn certain other activities, while they are at the summer camps.
Arrange play dates
Arrange play dates with your children’s class mates or friends. Depending on your workload, you can decide whether to let your child go to their friends house or vice versa.
Consider working at night
From experience, if you have got a child under the age of 10 years, you would not be able to do more than 3 hours of work during the day. The next option is to work at night after the kids have gone to sleep. Beware that you would be tired as well especially due to the fact that the kids are at home .
Taking annual leave
If both parents are employed, you can use maximum number of your annual leave in the summer holidays. If grandparents or relatives are willing to help you, you can leave your children one or two days a week with them. Make sure you spend time with your children on other days of the week.
As mentioned above, it will not be possible for parents to do as much work in the holidays as they can during term time. Holidays are a good time to spend quality time with your children and work is important too.
Therefore, balancing both is very important. Children shouldn’t feel neglected and unwanted .
Do you have a plan as to how to handle your work and your kids during the holidays? Would you like to share it ? Put your ideas in the comment box below. I would love to hear from you.