SUMMER BREAK: MANAGING WORKING FROM HOME WHILE CARING FOR YOUR KIDS
WORK FROM HOME AND CARE FOR YOUR KIDS
Many work-at-home moms face a special challenge balancing the demands of their career with those of raising their children once school lets out for summer. While summer camps provide both daily child care for parents and entertainment for the child, they can be very expensive. With advance planning and a little “leg work,” summer can be something both you and your child look forward to and your wallet can emerge from unscathed.
Don’t let the words “summer break” cause a working mom’s breakdown. Provide some variety to your children’s routine while you manage working from home efficiently with these summer child care ideas:
WORK ALONGSIDE KIDS
While at home, establish structured and unstructured periods of time in which your kids can stay busy and you can stay productive. This is a summer breeze for our network of mini call center companies run by people just like you who enjoy the flexibility of working from home while delivering customer service, sales and technical support for Arise clients. As a business owner you determine your own schedule (up to ½ hour increments!), supporting clients on the days and during the hours that work best for you and your kids, making time management easier.
Prevent Brain Drain
Get a jump start on summer homework. If your kids received learning packets from their school, or if you’ve picked out a particular workbook you’d like them to complete, set a designated block of time aside each day when they can work towards completing their assignments.
Make a list of daily, age-appropriate chores for your kids to do. Combine simple everyday tasks, like making their beds, with larger projects like washing the car.
Schedule quiet time and encourage kids to play independently by finding activities that stimulate imagination and develop social independence — and does not rely on the television or video games.
ORGANIZE PLAY DATES OR KID SWAP
Talk to other work-at-home and stay-at-home moms about making an ongoing arrangement for regular play dates or a kid swap. Line up regular child care or create an alternating schedule, giving your child an opportunity for play dates both inside and outside your home.
TURN TO TEENS
Many local teenagers and college students appreciate the opportunity to earn some extra spending money during the summer. Hiring a teenager is oftentimes less expensive than the additional fees regular child care facilities charge and can add flexibility to your work schedule.
If your kids are old enough and grandparents are willing, send them to the grandparents’ house to stay overnight or better yet, vacation together. Or if grandparents are local, you might work out an arrangement where grandparents provide regular child care.
THERE COULD BE WORSE SITUATIONS
If you have a traditional office 9-to-5 job, there is little choice but to turn to expensive summer camps for younger children, which can leave some working moms feeling guilty and financially strapped. If you’re ready for a change, to work at home and be your own boss – these are just a few of the reasons to start your own mini call center and use the Arise platform. As a home-based business owner in the Arise network, you can experience the life-changing benefits of working from home while servicing prestigious Fortune 500 companies.
Register to use the Arise platform – and start your journey to a more balanced life, and endless possibilities.