This one goes out to all my fellow home based micro/ small business owner parents. Does it help to focus on one aspect of your life at time? Especially if you are able to take turns? Ever start working on a project, getting those good juices flowing when;
Child: "MOM!/ DAD!" *at the top of their lungs and with a note of urgency*
You: "Yes?!" *quiet growl of frustration*
Child: "I need help."
You: "With what?" *in as sweet a tone as you can muster*
Child:*child detects your not going to fly immediately out of your office* "Hurry!"
You: *now think something dire has happened; fly out of the office to save the day, with wild parental eyes* "I am here. What's wrong?!"
Child: "I can't find, 'Teen Titans'/ 'My Little Pony' on the t.v. Can you please help?"
He would normally be in school during the school year, come home and do his homework while I worked. Then, we would be done and he would relax/ play/ read while I made dinner. Now that school is out, he is having coping issues. To ease him into the new routine (I was expecting adjustment issues), I have made a summer schedule. The first two weeks of his summer vacation are all his, giving him time to adjust and enjoy not having to go to school. I had my parents fly in for a visit and they stayed for a week and a half. Two more weeks of settling down, 4th of July celebration, then summer camp on the second week of July. The last two weeks of school-free time are all his with no scheduled events, before having to adjust to a new experience: a new school and having to walk to school.
I figure, I can't be the only mother/ parent in the world having to learn how best to manage home and office during the summer. I want to know... how do you cope? Have you managed and if so... HELP THE REST OF US. I, myself, am buying a bath tub plug... tonight.