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Summer Shenanigans: Taming the Juggle of Work and Kids at Home

Summer break, time for carefree days, sunshine, and… the sudden realisation that you’re now a full-time working parent, juggler, and referee, all rolled into one. Running a business from home is a constant dance of flexibility and focus, and when the school bell tolls its final chime for the summer, that carefully choreographed routine gets thrown into delightful chaos.

The struggle is real. The never-ending requests for snacks, the siren song of the television, the sudden urge to use your keyboard as a trampoline – it all adds up to a serious test of your productivity and sanity. But fear not fellow homepreneurs! Here’s a survival guide to navigate the summer break with your business (and your sanity) intact.

Embrace the Schedule Shuffle

School may be out, but that doesn’t mean routine disappears. Create a summer schedule that incorporates your work hours and your children’s needs. This might involve:

  • Early Bird Gets the Work Done: Rise before the dawn chorus (or at least before the cartoons start) to get a few uninterrupted work hours in.
  • Camp Collaboration: Look into summer camps or activity programs that offer flexible pick-up and drop-off options.
  • Themed Days: Designate specific days for focused work while keeping the kids entertained with age-appropriate activities (think science experiments, baking sessions, or themed arts and crafts).
  • Teen Time: If you have older children, negotiate a “quiet time” schedule where they understand you need focused work periods.

Taming the Tech

Technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Leverage its power to your advantage:

  • Educational Apps: Utilise educational apps and online games to keep your children engaged while you tackle tasks.
  • White Noise Warriors: Invest in a white noise machine to drown out some background hubbub and help you concentrate.
  • Schedule Screen Time: Set clear boundaries for screen time to avoid meltdowns and encourage other activities.
  • Kid-Proof Your Workspace: Consider childproofing your workspace with cord covers and software restrictions to minimise distractions.

Communication is Key

Open communication is crucial. Explain to your children, in age-appropriate terms, that while you’re working at home, you’re not always available. Establish clear boundaries and “work time” signals (closed door, headphones on), and let them know when they can interrupt you.

The Power of “Yes” (Sometimes)

Let’s be honest, there will be days when the “get things done” list gets thrown out the window. Embrace the unexpected. Sometimes, a mid-morning board game session or a spontaneous trip to the park can be a productivity booster. Remember, a happy and engaged child is less likely to disrupt your workflow in the long run.

Delegate and Outsource

Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks! Can your partner take over some household chores? Can you hire a virtual assistant for a few hours a week? Explore ways to lighten your load and free up more time to focus on your business.

Self-care is Not Selfish

Taking care of yourself is paramount. Schedule “me-time” even if it’s just 15 minutes for a walk, a phone call with a friend, or a quick yoga session. A well-rested and recharged you is a more productive and present parent and entrepreneur.

Embrace the Imperfect

Let go of striving for perfection. There will be spilt drinks on important documents, impromptu dance breaks during conference calls, and moments where you want to tear your hair out. It’s okay! Breathe, laugh it off, and remember, these moments create lasting memories.

Finding the Joy

Summer break is a chance to spend quality time with your children. Embrace the opportunity to work from the park, have a picnic lunch break, or take a “working vacation” to a location with reliable Wi-Fi.


  • You’re Not Alone: Every work-from-home parent experiences this struggle. Reach out to your network for support and commiseration.
  • Celebrate the Wins: Acknowledge your accomplishments, no matter how small. You’re juggling a lot, and that deserves a pat on the back.
  • It’s Temporary: Summer break will (eventually) end. Until then, enjoy the flexibility of your work-from-home lifestyle and the precious time with your children.

By implementing these tips and embracing a little (or a lot) of chaos, you can navigate the summer break with your business thriving and your family bond even stronger. Now go forth, conquer that to-do list.

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