I took a day off today from my job as Community Manager at BlogTalkRadio. It’s spring break and I thought it would be nice to have a mom/kid day. I think some folks find working at home to be a great way to spend time with kids, and it is, but it’s also difficult to balance the day and the job. Though I’m fortunate to have a job that allows me the flexibility to take my son to his activities or pick up some groceries, it’s not as easy to take time off for family as when I freelanced. This year, for the first time, we’re not doing day camp. After this week of having my son home from school, I’m thinking summer is going to be a challenge. What are some of the things you do to fulfill all your obligations without neglecting your kids? I balance it out this way:
- Begin work earlier in the day – between 6 and 7 a.m. My son wakes later in the summer, plus he’s pretty relaxed in the morning. If I start at six, I can generally get two to four uninterrupted hours before we have to begin my son’s day.
- Trade off with other parents – Other neighborhood parents may want time to get stuff done too. I’ve been speaking to my son’s friend’s parents about doing trades.
- Find activities – Though camp isn’t in the budget, there will still be time for activities. They will help keep him occupied a couple of hours a day.
- Go Mobile – Have laptop will travel. I work from the back deck, the library, and any where else there’s WiFi. If things get really crazy this summer, I’ll invest in a wireless card – just for the summer- so I don’t neglect my son or his duties.
- Enlist the aid of relatives – Grandmas and cousins are great fun. I may even visit with my sisters this month so my son can hang out with his cousins while I work.
How will you balance work and life this summer?
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