Being a self-employed, work-from-home Mum is never easy during the school holidays. The guilt you feel as you sit at your desk starts to creep over you the longer you are there. So, I have come up with 5 of my favourite half term tips to help see you through the week if this is you.
1. Structure your day.
One of the things that I have found that really helps is to make a daily plan. For example, on a day where we haven’t made specific plans, Grace and I have breakfast at around 9am and she is allowed to watch television until, say, 9.30am. Then, whilst she goes off to play in her room for a while (as I type this she is playing ‘schools’), I come into my room to work. We then agree a time where I will down tools for a while – usually around 11.30am – where we can do some crafting, baking or reading together. Then she will help me with lunch. I then return to my desk again for a couple of hours which means more playing for her. I usually finish around 3.30/4pm and spend the rest of my time with her.
2. Put an auto-response on your emails.
It is always helpful to pre-warn the people that you deal that you may be away from your desk for periods of time. This will then help set their expectations and means you won’t get stressed about answering them.
3. Make time for time out.
It is important to for me to make sure that we have at least one day out during half term. This week, Grace has been invited to one of her friend’s houses to play for much of the day so it means that I will be able to catch up. We have also spent time away at Ross’ parents too.
4. Take public transport.
If you make plans to take a day trip why not try and take public transport to where you are going? This gives you more time to interact with the kids and less time and money spent on trying to find a space and then working out how much you need for the car park, plus, it adds to the adventure.
5. Work in the evenings.
Grace is generally in bed around 8.30pm which then gives me time for at least another hour and a half’s work before Ross and I would like to spend time together watching our favourite programmes.
I have also contributed to attractiontix blog post ‘Things to do with Kids in the School Holidays’ with tip number four above, along with a number of other parenting bloggers. Why not pop over there for more great ideas?
Disclosure: Please note that I was sent a box of pamper goodies for providing my tip to attractiontix.