By Tammy Harrison
I'm feeling it already. No, not the heat of summer. Not the excitement of the kids to be out of school. Not even the pressure to do all of the things that other stay-at-home moms do. I'm feeling the time crunch from trying to combine summer kids with summer work!
If you're like me, your kids are out of school (or soon to be out of school) and your routine is sure to change. I have always maintained that I will take Tuesdays and Thursdays off of work to just enjoy the time with the babes. This year, I reinforced that decision by hiring a sitter to come with us to various outings. She will help corral our four wild offspring, so that I am not so stressed while we play. She also doesn't drive, which forces me to go to town and pick her up, and plan activities away from the house.
As I was visiting with a publisher the other day, we were discussing all of the activities I had scheduled for the kids. Between camps and visits to Grandma's and church activities, he said something that made me stop in my tracks. He said, "Be sure that YOU spend time with them, too."
Oh my! Can you imagine? Scheduling your children's social and academic calendar so full that there isn't any time for them to enjoy their mom and/or dad and their own home?
Work is another matter. I am busy constantly with my home-based business, and most of it is just communicating via email with folks all around the country. I can do this with or without the kids, and can do it any time of the day.
Keeping all of the advice that you may have received about working during the summer in mind, please remember that we are home so that we can raise our kids. Enjoy them FIRST and work later. You may earn a bit less money in the summer, or you may have to rearrange your work hours to better fit with the routines of the kids, but you will also be rewarded with a memorable time, lots of hugs and kisses and maybe even a few words of endearment!
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