I love to have guest bloggers come on the site and it’s especially helpful during the summer when I’m having fun offline more. Thanks Gabrielle for the post!
Summer is a bittersweet time for me. I like that in some ways my schedule is more flexible but at the same time it’s also more chaotic because the kids are around more. I wish I was one of those moms that could only see the upside but I’m simply not. Working from home when your kids are also home can be a hellacious challenge some days.
I work mainly on my laptop because it’s the easiest option. My desk is in my bedroom which is anything but ideal but if I was to work in any other area of the house, it’s all open space and no doors to close out the noise; which makes things complicated at best. I’m sure many moms can relate to this scenario.
As moms and women, in general, we are used to making a sacrifice. I’m noticing that this summer I’m sacrificing sleep above all else. I tend to be more involved with the kids during the day because it’s just easier but the work must get done so that means later nights and less sleep. For now it is working but I can see how this might be a problem later on down the line. My younger self says, “You can sleep when you’re dead,” but there are some days that I wouldn’t even want to deal with me when I’m cranky and overtired.
I did the research on budget friendly crafts but that only takes up a small portion of a rather long day. And, let’s be honest, the sheer heat is miserable and the money to go do things isn’t always a readily available option for some parents. Thankfully my youngest is in camp until three but the 12-year-old is home with me and you would think she would be okay on her own but that just isn’t always the case.
So what are some tips to help? I wish I could say I had some really helpful, mind blowing advice but I don’t. For me it is:
Copious amounts of caffeine – coffee and energy drinks are my best friend. I keep trying to cut back but it’s simply not an option. If I need to work more and sleep less than I need something to keep me going and this is my solution.
Headphones – tune out the kids with music or noise-reducing headphones so you can concentrate and block out some of the chaotic chatter that is happening around you while you are trying to be productive.
Steal & barter – if you have a girlfriend you can swap some free time with it can be a beautiful thing. I’m fortunate enough to have a best friend that is a teacher so she is home all summer and we are able to take turns watching each other’s kids so that we get just a few moments to ourselves. Even if it’s at night after dinner, run to the bookstore when your partner gets home and take some quiet time.
Wine – I’m sorry it’s true, wine helps me to deal some nights. After a long day of trying to work and fold laundry and play taxi cab driver and mediator – a nice glass of wine helps me to relax and unwind before I start it all over the next day.
These things seem obvious and they certainly are so I guess more than anything I am hoping it helps other busy momma’s to know they aren’t alone and maybe we can all find a way to help each other by sharing what works and how we are getting through summer. I already know some mom’s will think I stink at this parenting thing, I know a few of those moms and there are days that I am in awe at how they handle things but it’s just not my style. Happy summer, Cheers!
My name is Gabrielle Greene, I blog at TipsOnHowToSaveMoney. My friends often refer to me as “Gaby Gabs A lot,” especially if it has anything to do with freebies and saving money! As the mom of two girls, being frugal is an absolute must. It tends to drive my husband crazy, but oddly he doesn’t complain when the coupons are for golfing.