How do you maintain balance during summer vacation?

Courtney - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 4 children ages 15,12, 8 and 7 and they are now on summer vacation. My husband and I are self-employed and I do my part from the comfort of our home. My problem is, how do I maintain balance with work and home during the summer? I need to get things done for our business but at the same time want to encourage the children to play and enjoy their time. We are very blessed to have amenities such as a park and swimming pool in our subdivision which our 2 older girls have the freedom to use w/o mom or dad having to be there; they aren't as restricted as our 2 younger ones when they want to go out. The kids are step-sibblings and don't get along as well as I would like them to and at times are very hateful to each other. It's hard to get my older girls to play and entertain the younger ones when there are jealousy issues between them. I would love some suggestions on what I can do to keep the 7 & 8 year old occupied for a few hours a day so that I can get some work done and their not having to stay glued to a television or computer. I tend to be a little overprotective with them at times and don't allow them to go outside w/o either myself or their older sibling watching them. We do not have sidewalks and our street is a main road in the subvision. We have a lot of teen drivers and grown drivers who do not adhere to the speed limits and I worry about my children's saftey when I'm not there.

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Courtney - posted on 06/10/2010

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Thanks for the responses. I've decided I'm going to try and do chore assignment charts and and figure out some sort of summer schedule so that I am available to them and the office if need be. Plus I've just figured out that my older girls can watch their brother/sister to earn money for their extra activities that keep cropping up. They can be quite good and proper when money is involved.

Maria - posted on 05/29/2010

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I agree with Shannon on this one. Also they are old enough to help with household chores as well. Maybe while you are doing work for your business they can be using that time to help out around the house. They can do things like pick up, dust, fold laundry, put dishes away. That split between craft and a small amount of TV or computer time might keep them occupied. Are you flexible at all in when you can do your work? Maybe some days you can move your schedule around to break up the monotony.

Shannon - posted on 05/27/2010

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Do you have room to set up a art and craft center, spend a few hours on the net and you could have hours of craft time. That will keep them busy and stimulate their brains. They are also old enough for a few chores. Are there thing they could do to help you with your business.

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