Change in schedule… June 3, 2018 by Megan ShaughnessySummer break for kids is quickly approaching. If you are a mom who works from home, this can be exciting and scary all at the same time! We gathered a quick list to help you begin to navigate this change in your routine, and always remember there is no right or wrong! Every mom will do what is best for THEIR family. Set realistic expectations: Remind yourself that you will not be perfect every day. Showers may not happen daily, some days you may not get enough time for work, and some days you may find yourself with a child hanging on your leg all day long. Set expectations for your kids up front. Kids love rules, boundaries, and to know what is coming. Don’t hesitate to set some ground rules early on in the summer. What hours would you LOVE to work? Where will work happen? What is expected of the kids while you work? Make sure everyone is on the same page before summer starts. Take breaks: Schedule bursts of works or a few hours at a time, and make sure to schedule “kid breaks” to enjoy them. Jump on the trampoline, play in the yard, go to a local pool. Just be together! This quality time with them will make your working hours much more manageable! Get out of the house: Yep, in this day and age with tablets, phones, computers and social media it is easy to stay home and plug in. I encourage you to get out! Leave your house so you don’t feel the pull of work, or maybe you can work from your phone. Even better! Work on a lounge chair while your kids swim at a waterpark! Send the kids outside: Kids love schedules and knowing what comes next. Set some outside time for each day. They NEED fresh air, active play, and time to be in nature. Encourage them to be outside! If you are as lucky as me, you may just have a view of your front yard from your home office. Work odd hours: Your schedule may change in the summer. The hours you normally get to sit and work may no longer be available. It’s ok, be flexible! Change things up. Get up an hour earlier or work after you put your kids down. Changing up your work hours may just free up the perfect amount of time for you to be more present with your kids. I hope this helps as we transition into this new season of work and mom time. We are so blessed to be able to do this alongside our babies. It’s ok to panic, but then flex and have some fun!