4 Ways to Prepare for Summer Break
As the school year winds down, we’re all starting to prepare for one of the best times of the year – summer break!
While this is a great opportunity to spend more time with family, it also takes a bit more juggling. As work from home moms, we have the flexibility to adjust our schedules and truly make the most of this time of year.
Since the kids are home now, it’s important that you have readily available childcare. Look into options now – whether it’s family, friends, or outside help. Make sure you discuss scheduling and see where you might need some time for yourself. Depending on the ages and schedules of your kids, you might need more or less help, but it’s always a positive to have people you can call on.
It can also be helpful to look into activities and set up carpool to help during these times as well. Look into fun things for your kids and see if some of the other parents can alternate driving obligations. This gives you more time to get things done and manage your workload!
If you need to take a conference call during the day, or you need a few days to get a big project done, you’ll be glad you’ve pre-established some options for your kids.
Review your workload
Some businesses are less busy in the summer, and you may be prioritizing differently and rearranging your workload.
This is a great time of year to review everything on your plate for the next few months. Does it look the same as always, or are there gaps? Do you want to fill this time or allow for more space with family? Sometimes taking on more hours is a good thing if work is sparse, and this is common in the summer months.
This analytical process will help you to better manage your work schedule in the summer, as well as the schedule of your family.
Once you’ve taken a look at your summer work obligations, delegate some time off in the afternoons for your kids. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the afternoon, but any time that works best in your schedules.
It’s a unique time of year when your school-aged kids are home, so it’s nice to take advantage of this when you get the chance. It’s also a great time to rearrange your schedule a bit, so that you have that free time each day, or a few days per week.
Plan some fun
Summer is full of fun! Spend an afternoon by the pool, go for hikes, and generally enjoy the summer months. It’s also perfect to plan a vacation or staycation, and enjoy more time with friends and family.
You don’t have to leave your area to have fun either! Schedule work meetings outdoors, or in coffee shops with outdoor seating to enjoy the weather.
Summer is a fleeting time of year and one that brings a lot more fun – and juggling. Review your schedule, make time for family where you have it, and enjoy their time off!