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Check out Part 1 of this article: Work From Home Summer Survival Guide  

 

Summer is coming to a close! Parents working from home can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Last week, I shared some great strategies and tips from fellow parents managing to maintain their working schedule while their kids are out of school.

 

Here are more great answers to the question: “How have you managed the summer schedule and being productive at work?”

 

  • My kids are little older (8 and 10) so they basically fend for themselves on most days. We do have a schedule though...and stick to it every morning. They have to do their summer chores, read for an hour, work on their math for 30 minutes, and practice their piano. By the time this is all finished, its lunch time. We eat lunch and then they are free to go outside and play until dinner. Sometimes they have their friends over at our house and sometimes they go over to their friends’ houses. If we schedule any type of classes or fun stuff outside of the house, we try to do it in the mornings. After lunch is when I work on anything I need to do for my site. I have had to move around my cooking and photography days however due to our summer schedule. I used to do those tasks on Mondays and Tuesdays when school was in session. I've had to move them to Saturdays and Sundays since summer started. -Libby from www.cookingwithlibby.com

 

  • If my kids are at home I change my work hours and do an early shift and a late one and then block some time during the day where they can play games or watch a movie while I work.Amanda

 

  • My kids wanna be on their electronics all day. I have had to add reading and math time 20 minutes each. I let them play outside till lunch then relax while it’s super hot and send them back out around 4. I also add chores and gym time depending on the day. - Moni from http://www.dogtagsandheels.com/category/militarywifelife/

 

  • I get up a couple of hours before them. It was totally awful at first, but now that it has become routine it's my favorite (and the most productive) time of my day. - Sarah from www.servantmama.com

 

  • I work remotely and our routine is pretty much the same. I have step kids, so the youngest one isn't with us all of the time (two weeks June, two weeks July and some weekends spread in the middle) and the oldest who lives with us is 19 - nice and independent. I have a basic chore list for my ten year old stepdaughter and she has to complete it every morning before she can get on electronics, etc. It keeps her occupied for a while each morning - it's easy and fair, but keeps structure in the home. Luckily my husband is able to make himself available easily as well. But for me, I am always working whether for my "regular" job or on the blog...nothing changes in the summer for me, except I get busier! Heather from http://countrylifecitywife.com/

 

  • All I am saying is my day is drastically different with charged iPads, a new movie or other kids to run with. I have trainings, make YouTube videos and have to sell soap... It is very hard to do all of that when they are old enough to start fighting the second I get a phone call.Sasha

 

  • I try to front load all of my content for my personal blog as much as possible. I'm working on August right now! So that's week 1 of the month (or as I can). Then I work on paid articles during naptime and during outside play/movie time. We are in TLF right now during our PCS, so time and space is tight. I definitely use technology, bribery, and do work in small chunks throughout the day in between playing. My daughter is two, and feeling her oats for sure. I started preplanning in March/April though. With education related stuff, there is a cycle to it. So I knew that for May/June, I would be focusing on end of the year things, June/July is keep learning over summer, August/September is back to school. After almost a decade in the field, it's mostly just putting down in words what I've been doing for years! - Meg from www.milkidsed.com

 

  • I work part time, some in the office and some at home. So far, I do Hourly Care on post and have a sitter on call. It's totally worth it! I also take her to the pool, park, walks, and bought some outdoor toys to tire her out. -Janna

 

Soon enough, the kids will be back to school and the relief will be short lived! School will bring more scheduling challenges when the after school activities kick in. This great advice is not only for the summer, but can ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance throughout the year.

 

Do you have anything to add- how do you make working from home successful?

 

Related Posts:

5 Truths About Working From Home

Work From Home Summer Survival Guide Part 1

 

About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (2 years and 4 months), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring

 

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