Well…summer is here. I am having some summer struggles when it comes to working from home. Because all three boys are home I do not have the time I do during the school year. I have no chunks of time when they are not with me except when they are sleeping. By then I am pretty tired so it is hard to get things done
In less than two months school starts again. I will have all three boys in school three times a week. I can always add a fourth or even fifth if I want to.
That will give me a lot of time to do my WAHM duties. I feel like I have many.
I tell myself that I will work at night but then night hits, Netflix calls my name and I don’t do much. I work much better in the daylight hours.
Since summer is over the first week of August around here, I am going to try not to worry about it. I will just do what I can, when I can and look ahead to the fall when I can really focus on it.
I don’t want to miss out on taking my kids places or spending time with them because I need to work. It is such a hard balance.
I am hoping that next summer my husband will be a SAHD and be able to do a lot of things with them. That is still up in the air but it is our goal.
If I can get them playing nicely in the backyard, this can happen…
And it feels good because I can work and they can play and we are all happy.
I know this is such a season in my life. I can’t afford many camp-like activities plus they are still quite young. In a few years it will be different.
So my advice to anyone trying to do a WAHM job in the summer is this…
* Do what you have to do around the kids if you have to. If you have to work outside while they play, do it. If you have to stay up late, do it. Don’t beat yourself up for it.
* Realize that you will probably not be able to get as much done as you thought you would and that is okay. Summer does not last forever. It won’t always be that way. Make a list of what you have to get done each day and try not to stress too much about the rest of it.
* Let your kids know that you do have a job, working from home. Plan fun stuff for them to do everyday but don’t feel like it has to take the whole day. It is okay for the kids to play without you right there by your side. Somedays we might spend the early afternoon at the splash park but then late afternoon is rest time and Mommy work time.
What tips would you give to help people work as a WAHM during the summer?