My series of blogs continue to offer support to working parents over the summer holiday. This week, I am creating the ultimate summer holiday survival guide. Unfortunately, I can’t magic up unlimited hours or time travel, but I hope what you read next will be just as good!
Whilst I try and live the phrase “the days are long but the years are short”, however, when it’s the six-weeks’ holiday those days seem to stretch like an abyss. But like every year, before I know it, it will is September and I am rushing around in a haze of school uniform and declaring “didn’t that go quickly”.
In an ideal world, everyone could “shut down” over the summer holidays, but as working parents that is not an option. However, we all have a choice about the expectations we set for ourselves and the pressure we put ourselves under. When time is precious and you can’t do everything, or be everywhere, consider how you can make your life easier for yourself.
For me, the way I manage the school holidays is to have a strict summer schedule and to work on the things that will make the most impact to my clients and have the most fun with the family. I am very public and UNAPOLOGETIC (note the capitals, it is THAT important!) about the hours I am working and set clear expectations in my out of office email message. I plan; from what I am doing during my “working hours” and what I am doing with the girls. Finally, I am gentle on myself – no one wants to be a “busy fool”. Down time is good for the soul (both in work and in life generally!).
How does this link to this article? Very simply, I am making sure that you can have access to all of my blogs that will help you survive the summer holidays. You don’t have time (or, let’s be honest, the inclination) to be hunting through the “search panel” on my website, so I have rounded them up for you here!
Here are my top ten “how to guide to work-life balance”; your ultimate summer holiday survival guide.
Above all, just remember that wherever you work and whoever you work for, you are a role model for your children. You are showing them all the options they have available for them once they are released into the world of work; from an employee, to self-employed to volunteer. Over this summer, if you ever need reminding, just ask your little one what they think about you working. I did, and I was so surprised by her response!
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