EP 111: My Kids Are Home for the Summer: Now What?

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For work-at-home mompreneurs, summer break has a very specific meaning. Deanna and Kelly address the challenges of mompreneurs during their kids’ summer break, and offer solutions and tips in the areas of scheduling, transitioning, childcare, and taking breaks.

Speaking from past experiences & current circumstances as well as concerns submitted by podcast listeners, the conversation covers how to:

  • Create a realistic summer schedule and routine. This might incl

    ude getting up before our kids and certainly, shifting parts of our work schedules. 

  • Use the Time & Task Management Toolkit - created by Deanna for the non-routine lifestyle of WAHMs. 

  • Merge a summer-bucket-list with a work schedule.

  • Smoothly transition between work life and home life by identifying which of your tasks require “buffer time.”

  • Handle child care - because affordable, part-time child care in particular is like a rare unicorn! Be prepared to see this as an investment, or to barter.

  • Approach our own desires for time off and summer fun using forecasting, environmental changes, and our beloved pomodoro method.

What we discuss - don’t miss it! 

  • The unique challenges of being a mother and trying to run your business when your kids are sharing your work space

  • We are not all “summer bucket-list moms." The chasm between what we think we should be doing with our kids and what we are gifted and capable to do can create mom guilt. Let’s minimize it!

  • Every year, our kids get older and we have an opportunity to improve how we “do” summer. 

  • Knowing our own personalities as well as our kids’ personalities and expectations helps us create an environment and opportunities to thrive.

  • Give yourself grace over needing childcare!

  • Most mompreneurs can't take the whole summer off, but by forecasting and recycling content, we can give ourselves such extra break time.


QUOTES

“Without any sort of boundaries, childcare, or schedule to follow, I fell apart.”

“I (now) respect the need I have physically, mentally, emotionally to slow the heck down during the summer.”

“I don’t want to build my business during the summer into something I can’t sustain once school starts.”

“My kids are growing up in a different world that I did. I have to put some effort into making sure they are getting some engagement during the summer.”

“We cannot let the kids maintain the schedule.”

“When you don’t switch your work and home modes, they end up bleeding into each other and you don’t operate well in either space.”

RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED

Time & Task Management Toolkit for Moms
The Pomodoro Technique for Work
Insight Timer - Meditation App
BLOG: How to Get Work Done When You Don't Want to Work
Brandyn Campbell interview - (Repurpose your content)

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