As a fellow working parent, I have a good understanding of the difficulties we face during the school holiday period and felt a blog covering some useful tips that could help you during the next few weeks.
Being a working parent during the school holidays can feel like an impossible feat. Trying to balance your career with your parental responsibilities can feel like a daunting task. As we embark on the remaining holiday period, here are some hints and tips to help you juggle everything and stay calm and centred.
1. Plan ahead
The key to success during the school holidays is to plan ahead. Schedule your time in advance, and make sure you know exactly what you need to do, where you need to be, and when you need to be there. Create a schedule or calendar, so that everyone in the family knows what’s going on. Make sure that everyone is aware of any appointments, activities, or meetings that are scheduled, and plan accordingly.
2. Set boundaries
One of the biggest challenges during the school holidays is the constant interruption to your workday. Children may need your attention more than usual, and it can be challenging to focus on work when you’re being pulled in different directions. Setting boundaries is key, whether it’s limiting screen time, setting designated work hours, or enlisting the help of family and friends.
3. Prioritise self-care
It can be easy to put yourself last during the school holidays, but taking care of yourself is essential to your well-being and productivity. Take the time to practice self-care, whether it’s taking a long bath, practicing yoga, or indulging in your favourite hobby. Make time for yourself, and you’ll feel more refreshed and focused.
4. Involve the kids
Sometimes, it’s simply not possible to work without interruptions during the school holidays. So, why not involve the kids? Set up a designated workspace for them, and encourage them to engage in educational activities, such as reading or creative projects. Involving the kids in your workday can help them feel connected and valued, and can also provide a fun bonding experience.
In conclusion, juggling your work and parental responsibilities during the school holidays can feel overwhelming, but with some careful planning, setting boundaries, prioritising self-care, and involving the kids, it is possible to make the most of this time. Remember, take care of yourself, stay organised, and enjoy the time you have with your family.