summer holidays … 9 weeks of fun (and some work)
The kids have been out of school for almost two weeks now. They are happy to have the time off and the break so far has been good for all (yes, if you know my kids, I will likely eat those words by mid-August!).
However, the school break for holidays brings a whole new meaning to figuring out how to get work done while keeping things running on the home front.
It was easy when the kids were in daycare. The school calendar meant nothing – the only time daycare closed was on stat holidays.
Now that my older two kids are in school full-time dealing with school holidays (especially 9 weeks in the summer!) has become a bit more of a juggling act. And by juggling, some days, I mean throw all the balls up in the air and hope I catch some.
I thrive on structure. I love knowing when I have time set aside to do what I need to do. The school year is great for this because I can map out work time, school (for me) time, volunteer time, home stuff time etc. There is never enough time to get everything I want done but I generally subscribe to the theory that the important things always happen … somehow.
This Steven Covey matrix is a helpful way to prioritize.
Summer is a bit more of a scheduling challenge. July & August. 9 weeks. I need to figure out how to keep the kids occupied, get my own work done AND enjoy our all-too short summer.
Camps are expensive to put the kids in all summer. Grandparents are an option for some help. But what it really boils down to is a colourful cocktail with a little bit of this and a little bit of that (is it inappropriate to use a cocktail analogy when referring to your children?).
So, here’s what I’ve got figured out for this summer in an attempt to keep my own sanity and get it all done!
Week 1 we took a family holiday and did lots of this …
That’s swimming, 6 year old style, in case you weren’t sure what you were looking at.
The kids are signed up for a few camps, some time with their Grandparents and family time at the cottage.
Then I’ve got a laundry list of field trips like trips to the zoo, berry picking, the beach, the Toronto Islands and Niagara Falls.
All this means that while I’ve managed to eek out some time during regular business hours to work … I’ve shifted a portion of my workday to the evenings after the kids go to bed. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
All great plans, right?! Of course, my original plan to dial back my project work during the summer months might have been made when I was dreaming or something. Best laid plans …
I know it will all get done (mostly, somehow) … the key to making it all work will be to clearly set client expectations, be realistic about what I can and cannot do and make time for fun.
Will see how it all works out and let you know.
If you are a working parent, how do you manage the school break for summer holidays?