In my last post I shared several ways to work from home while the kids are out of school. In this post, small business owners share their tips for keeping kids busy so you can continue to stay productive while working from home.
“This summer my youngest will go to summer school from 8-12. The older two don’t wake up before noon, and if they do, they certainly are half asleep. During that time, I am able to get some work done without interruptions.”
—Melissa Perlman Chelist, StorkGifts
“I plan to set up hours for fun camp, as well as hours for quiet rest, reading, and movie time. I know that if the kids have a chunk of activity time, they will be more likely to want ‘down’ time when I can work.”
—Jessica Fisher, aka FishMama Life as MOM
“My kids are a little older this summer, 14 and 12, so they will go to a few camps. I have encouraged my 14-year-old to find summer work at the local skating rink since he is a hockey player. Since they are older and will sleep in, that should give me a good 4-5 hours a day of work I can get done before I really have to do things for them.”
—Christina Daves, CastMedic Designs
“I keep the kids entertained by taking them to the pool. My health club has Wi-Fi, so I load up my documents via Dropbox, head outside to a shady spot, and write while they swim and play the day away. Rainy days are all about friends — it’s actually easier if the friends are dropped off here. They amuse themselves, I leave my office door open, and the sound of a happy home helps the words flow.”
—Susan Helene Gottfried, West of Mars
“To keep our kids, ages 9 and 11, busy during the summer months, we put up an above-ground pool, store fun games within arm’s reach, stock the fridge with healthful foods our kids can easily feed themselves, and open our home to all of their friends.”
My office is situated so I can see and hear all that goes on inside, as well as in our back yard. With these preparations in place, our home is the place to be! We’re also fortunate to live in a community that offers free supervision at neighborhood playgrounds, as well as a wide variety of classes for our kids to choose from, including acting, engineering, swimming, tennis, and language arts to name a few.”
—Melanie Lundheim, Good Copy Fast
“The biggest tip is to set boundaries so your home/work aren’t overlapping, which can be very stressful for everyone. Here are some options to keep kids of all ages busy this summer: Attend Summer Camp…sleepaway camps are a great option if your kids are old enough, and comfortable being away from home overnight. If they aren’t consider day camps.
Work (paid or volunteer) at camp: If you’ve got tweens or teens, they can apply to work at camps to assist with younger kids and possibly earn community service hours at the same time. If they volunteer as a tween, they’re more likely to secure a paid position as a teen!
Mom Camp: Get a group of moms, assign days, and take turns playing “counselor” — take kids on fun outings, or plan backyard fun/home playdates to spread out the responsibility and minimize time taken out of your work day.”
—Amy Kossoff Smith Founder, The MomTini Lounge
How are you going to keep your kids busy this summer while you work from home?