Work From Home? How Do You Cope With The Long Summer Holidays?

Work From Home? How Do You Cope With The Long Summer Holidays?

As the summer holidays crept up, talk at networking events amongst mothers turned to child care over the summer holidays. Main breadwinner or not, I know this is an issue that we can feel daunted about. Business doesn’t stop just because the mercury rises and the schools shut. Our need for a secure income flow doesn’t dissipate either! Yet we can feel torn, especially if we work from home. We may actually prefer to spend more time with the children, having fun, taking off on great day adventures. And if we do that, we feel guilty about not working. But if we lock ourselves away in our works space, we can feel guilty that we aren’t spending time with our kids in the glorious weather, bonding with them at some great family activity. So how do we make it work? Make work, work, when our nearest and dearest crave attention, a schedule of activity and an escape from boredom? Over the years, I have tried many solutions. Full time nannies – great but expensive. Live in au pairs, also great, more cost effective but often need more shepherding. Holiday camps, can be wonderful but you chew through the cash. Of course, there are always grand parents and relatives, but being a foreigner in the UK, meant my family was half a world away. Eventually, I decided to treat the school holidays as my project! Like any project I approach, there is always a system I step through. I’ll share mine with you, so you can use it to ensure you make the holiday season work for you! Step 1:...
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