Bored Kid at Kitchen TableIf you’re like me, you dread summer in many ways. Primarily because you’ve got three loooong months of kids whining about having nothing to do. Not the best environment for working from home, right?

I’ve come up with a few strategies that can shake your kiddies out of their summer slump and help you be more productive in running your business during these summer months.

1. Get a Plan

It’s easy enough to fill your kids’ agendas with summer camp and activities to keep them out of the house, but they might still grouse if they’re not into it. Instead, sit down with them at the start of the summer and devise a plan that includes some out-of-the-house enriching activities and some downtime (hello, Minecraft). You’ll show them that you care about how they want to spend their summer, although you’re both compromising between what you want (them out of the house) and what they want (vegging out on the couch).

2. Encourage Them to Start a Business

Whether your child is 8 or 16, summer is a fabulous opportunity to teach them about entrepreneurship. Work with them to help your kids start a business that will inspire them. Some ideas include:

  • Mowing lawns
  • Lemonade stand
  • Garage sales
  • Errand runner
  • Dog walker

Likely they’re curious about you as a business owner, so give them some tips for making their own endeavor a success.

3. Change Up Your Schedule

Admit it: you’re simply not going to get as much done during the summer months as you do the rest of the year, at least not during the hours of 9 to 5. But if you shift your thinking about when you can work, you might be surprised with how much you can still get done. Try working before everyone gets up (at 11 am, no doubt!) or after the kids go to sleep.

Build your schedule so you can maximize your time with the kids. Plan a fun activity together for the afternoon, then work in the morning. Don’t be so focused on trying to work that you miss the opportunity to soak up your kids while they’re home.

4. Make Time for You

Kids home or no, you’ve got to take care of yourself to maintain your sanity. Schedule in exercise time or a massage. Mommy needs a break, too. You’ll be a better parent and business owner if you devote some of your time and energy on rejuvenating yourself.

5. Set Boundaries

Let your children know that while you’re in your office, you shouldn’t be disturbed. Set up rules for the kids leaving you alone during a work call or for specific hours, and let them know you’ll be available for them afterward.
There’s no reason you should have to choose between being a productive business owner and a parent just because your kids are home for the summer. Just get a game plan that’s fair to everyone, and you’ll chug right along through those summer months. And remember: those months won’t last forever; before you know it, the kids will be back in school.

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