How to work from home in the summer by setting ground rules and helping kids get creative.
It’s summer break! Great news right? Or are you a work-from-home parent like me who is feeling a bit of trepidation about the transition to summer schedules?
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer and all the play, beach, sports, vacation and otherwise fun time that goes with it but when you work from home it can be a bit of a struggle to actually get anything done when the kids are around. We have summer camps and sporadic childcare but my boys are not programmed every day during the summer. Nor do I want them to be. I have such fond memories of those lazy days of summer without much planned at all.
That said, I just about hit the roof last year when I heard “I’m bored” on the first day of summer break. This year I’m going to try to do things differently. I’m laying down some rules of engagement for my kiddos. From the beginning. So they know what to expect (and what not to expect).
Rule #1: Mom is not a cruise ship director
I’ll happily make plans for us to go to the pool or on a bike ride but I am not available all hours of the day to find stuff for you to do. You are perfectly capable of entertaining yourself! Check your list of “Things to do when I’m bored” and pick one or make up something new.
Rule #2: Office hours are off limits
On days when you have no camps or sports, I plan to work in my office in the morning. That means I will close my office door and expect not to be interrupted unless the house is on fire. After office hours, I’m all yours!
Rule #3: A little boredom is good for you
Being bored sparks creativity. If you get really, really bored, you may even create your own opera, like I did when I was a kid. Just don’t set the house on fire.
Obviously, I have to be flexible too. There will be many days when I don’t get as much work done as I would like…but I’m hoping with some ground rules in place, I can make the most of the time that I have. Then, it’s off to the pool!
Do you have any ground rules for working from home? Any tips for helping kids battle boredom?