What’s a Work from Home Parent to Do This Summer? Tips for Taming the Turmoil

It’s no secret working from home offers numerous perks for parents. While earning an income we gain increased control over our schedules allowing for more time with family. We save money by reducing or eliminating childcare expenses, buying fewer work outfits and eat at home more often. 

 Summer is a reminder though that working remotely also has its share of challenges. Parents struggle to balance work life and family life. Kids, no matter the age, need attention. Young children want to play, have friends over, and go swimming, and older kids often translates to an endless list of household chores and distractions. Meanwhile, clients are calling, emails are piling up and that to-do list keeps getting longer.

 It is possible to make this time with your children home enjoyable while you continue to meet deadlines and earn an income. Here is a short list of ideas you can begin to implement immediately.  

 Routines all around
Designing and adhering to routine together can provide you and your family with freedom from chaos and stress. Be sure to plan both play time and work time each day. Knowing when mom or dad need time to focus on work and when they will be available for fun help set an expectation and provide children with positive anticipation. A routine that provides structure and discipline in children’s lives fosters security in them and also increases the likelihood of checking off your most important tasks. 

 Goals keep us going
Setting and achieving goals clarifies what you need to accomplish and build confidence and motivation. When our energy or excitement begin to diminish having goals will help us stay focused. Since children can feel a sense of control when they are able to set and achieve goals it’s important to make this, too a family activity. Use the SMART framework to keep your goals S-specific, M-measurable, A-achievable, R-results-focused and T-timely. Most of all, keep it fun!

 Be creative with child care
There is no doubt finding summer child care options can be difficult and costly. If your schedule requires you to work full time, a nanny or summer camp may be your best option. If your work allows for a flexible schedule or part time hours, a little creativity can help save on costs while keeping your child entertained. Whether you coordinate with a spouse or swap child care with a neighbor , pre-planning is key. Gather the family, grab your calendar and look online for schedules of local recreation centers, libraries and summer school programs. Plan your work time when the children are busy with activities that interest them.

Home is where the heart should be
We all know the added activity at home translates to major distraction. Managing the family requires more from you, leaving little time for much else. Chores are piling up, and Netflix sounds like a nice reward for all this energy you’re expending. Escaping to a coffee shop to work may seem like a good option until you realize how uncomfortable, isolating and unmotivating it really is. Coworking is quickly becoming the best option for mobile working parents. Shared workspaces help parents establish community, find motivation, and provide freedom from distraction. When more separation between work and home life is what you’re craving establishing a coworking membership is ideal. Set aside distractions so you can tackle your to-do list and make your home a place for guilt-free family time. 

It’s not always easy, but it is possible to get your work done andenjoy your family this summer. At WorkSmart, we make that easier for you. You can get right to work without distraction, surrounded by like-minded people who can identify with your daily struggles and achievements. Membership plans start at $97/month with the flexibility to fit your summer routines. Get in touch with us to come check out the space. We’d love to help you have a fantastic summer.