Many of you know I’m a Mum to a crazy chocolate Labrador, so I don’t have the yearly panic of organising my life around a long 6-week break with children.
However, from all my friends and network that have kids, I know just how real the juggle is.
Where do you suddenly find the time to run your business or maintain your career whilst keeping them entertained all Summer?
I know that many that run their own business don’t anymore. They take this opportunity to slow down, use this time to recharge and spend some quality time together with their families.
For others taking time off isn’t an option, or it’s their busiest time of the year (like me) for getting ready for Back to School and Q4.
So, I reached out to my favourite bunch of Mums to keep it real and asked them how they do it. Obviously, I added a little organised spin of my own!
Here are our 12 tips for managing the juggle of the Summer School Holidays:
Plan and organise: Create a schedule outlining your work hours, breaks, and dedicated time with your children. Having a clear plan in place will help you manage your time effectively, keep you focused and manage your family’s expectations.
Flexible work arrangements: Can you explore flexible work options such as working from home, adjusting your work hours, or discussing part-time work during the holidays.
Collaborate with your partner: If you have a partner, work together to divide childcare responsibilities and coordinate your schedules to ensure both of you can fulfil your work commitments so you can relax from the get so.
Engage your children: Encourage your children to try age-appropriate activities or summer programs that keep them occupied and entertained while you work. This could include art classes, sports camps, or local community activities.
Enlist help: If you have family or close friends nearby, ask for their support in supervising your children or organising playdates to help one another. Consider hiring a babysitter, nanny or help at home.
Set boundaries: I know not the easiest one on the list, but clearly communicate to your children when you need uninterrupted work time. Establish boundaries and teach them the importance of respecting your work hours. Then you can reward them with fun times together.
Create a dedicated workspace: Set up a designated area in your home where you can focus on work. This will help create a boundary between work and family life and signal to your children that you are in work mode. Getting out of the house will be even better and less distracting, allowing you to get your work done quicker. You and your partner can take turns.
Utilise technology: Take advantage of educational apps, online resources, and safe websites that can provide educational and entertaining content for your children while you work.
Prioritise self-care: Take care of yourself by getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in rejuvenating activities. Remember, you can take better care of your children if you also care for yourself.
Schedule quality time: Plan specific activities or fun outings with your children during non-work hours. Make those moments count by being fully present.
Stay on track: Keep track of important dates, appointments, and deadlines using a school Holiday calendar in a prominent location. This will help you stay on top of your work responsibilities and family commitments, making you feel less overwhelmed.
Be flexible and patient: There may be unexpected challenges or disruptions during the summer holidays, but you are doing your best. Practice flexibility and patience with your work and children, knowing that some days might not go as planned.
You know these times can be challenging, but with proper planning, communication, and support, you can successfully navigate the summer school holidays.