Hey Asha, might some of your followers have ideas for how to work effectively from home during summer w/a 6YO around the house?
I've always found it easier to work at home during the summer. Lack of meetings + relatively short hours + kids who sleep in make the pace of summer ideal for my brain to do its thing. On her Babble Voices blog At Home With the Happiest Mom, Meagan Francis beautifully articulated how working at home and summer can mesh.
But I also know that Meagan and I are in the minority. If you need to keep reasonable hours and have relative quiet, working during the summer with kids at home can be tricky.
Depending on your work situation and your kids, there are lots of ways to go:
Define limits. Some kids respond well to knowing where the lines are. Try to create a loose summertime schedule that includes your work hours so your child knows when you'll be free.
Swap child care time. Summertime is a great opportunity to swap play date time with a neighbor or friend.
Employ a "mother's helper." A lot of older kids are looking for summer jobs. Why not hire one to entertain your kids while you're home? Ask around the neighborhood…you're sure to find someone pretty quickly.
Grab a couple early or late hours. Depending on your "morning person" or "night owl" tendencies, plan on working while the rest of the family's asleep. I love the fresh, early morning hours for working, and the feeling of having plenty done by the time everyone wakes up.
Make lunch ahead of time. Stick with the lunchbox! That way your kid can help herself to her lunch when she gets hungry.
Simplify meals, laundry, and housecleaning. It's summer! Shorts, t-shirts and flipflops are all the kids need. Get a bunch of cheap summer clothing so kids can dress themselves without your having to wash all the time. Plan on simple BBQ/salad meals and anything else that takes little prep. Clear as much of the rest of your time as you can. (This is a good rule for everyone, working or not. Summer's too short to spend it cleaning!)
Let's help Emma out! What are your best summertime work-at-home tips?