Tips for WAHMs: Finding Time to Work During your Child’s Summer Break

With the summer upon us, many work at home moms will begin to find little alone time in their days. This means adapting their work habits around the little ones who are sure to be underfoot. My two aren’t in school yet, but I am already planning to be more productive once they start (assuming we don’t homeschool).

For summers, I’ve also begun thinking about how to find time to work with them home. The following are just a few ways WAHMs can find more time to work during summer break!

Tips for WAHMs - Finding Time to Work during Summer Break

1. Hire a mother’s helper.

Perhaps a teenager also on summer vacation would be willing to watch your kids for a few hours each day. These helpers usually babysit your children at your home, so you will need a quiet space to work while they are there. Most mother’s helpers work 2-4 hours a day, 2-3 days per week. Think of how productive you could be with 12 hours of peace!

2. Enroll your children in a summer camp.

There are many day camps available for kids during the summer. Their time at camp would give you at least a few hours of uninterrupted working time. Start up a carpool with other moms, taking turns picking up the children and dropping them off at their respective homes. This would help you save on gas and give you more time to work.

3. Trade childcare duties with other WAHMs.

If you don’t have the funds for a babysitter or mother’s helper, exchange childcare duties with work at home moms in your area. You watch the children on Mondays, another mom gets them on Wednesdays, and a third watches them on Fridays. This gives each mom at least two days of free time to get things done.

4. Work outdoors while your kids play.

If you haven’t already, invest in a laptop so your work can go where you and your children go. Keeping your kids pent up all day will not be good for them, your work schedule, or your sanity. Set up a makeshift desk on the back porch or your patio, so you can observe them as they play while also getting work done.

5. Consider a virtual assistant.

When having trouble getting the “busy work” done, WAHMs sometimes turn to a virtual assistant to help with those tasks. Many VAs are trained to send/reply to emails, place telephone calls, update websites, or manage social media accounts. Allowing someone to take on the daily tasks frees you up to work less, so you aren’t stressing the entire summer!

6. Make a schedule.

Above all, having a schedule that you and your family follow will make it easier for you to find time to work. Think about the times you and your kids do things – when they get up, bedtimes, naptimes, or meals. Schedule your work around these so you aren’t interrupted and can be more productive.

Comments

  1. says

    Great tips! I like the work outside while kids play tip. Mine are little, but they are attending a Mommy Morning Out program two days a week this summer, so I can get a little accomplished and they can have fun in the meantime.

  2. says

    This I am sure will solve a lot of problems for the WAHM’s this summer. My office is away from home and my kids are a bit older so I think we will manage just fine. But there are a few tips here that will help make things run smoother for me

  3. says

    Great pointers! I am already looking into hiring a babysitter for a 5 hour blog one time a week. I will go in the basement with the laptop and get it knocked out and still have time to enjoy summer with the kids!

  4. says

    My son is going to sleep away camp for a month so i will have the opposite problem, too much time for myself! Maybe I will clean up the blog!
    thanks,
    Mitch

  5. krystal says

    I’m about to be a wahm and I’m going to need some pointers! I’m thinking about stil keeping my son in daycare part time for now.

  6. says

    I think hiring a VA would be wonderful for me since I work from home. I have had VA’s do odd jobs for me off and on and it’s sooooo appreciative. Gives me much more time to get things done that I otherwise wouldn’t have time to do on a normal day. Seems like I’m always behind.

  7. says

    I have been dreading that part of summer. It is very hard to work with my kids home because I would rather be out playing with them than working.

  8. says

    #4 is my absolutely favorite and as of this week I’ve started doing it even though I only have 2 at home until the end of June. Then lots of that will be happening! Great tips as always girl, thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    These are great tips. I like the idea of working outside while the kids are playing. I am able to do that now that the youngest is old enough to not have to watch every single second (he’s past the dirt eating stage) and it’s productive for me, and good for them… and it gives me a good excuse to stop and play with them a bit, or them to stop and help me work a bit. :)

  10. says

    I am JUST starting to learn how I am going to balance this! I am trying to create a schedule (that is more flexible in case we want to take off to swim or otherwise). I am hoping that helps!

  11. says

    I’m a bit torn about the summer break. My son will be spending a lot of time with his dad and although it will help me to get some work done, I know I’ll miss him terribly.

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