O.k., so I am going to be real with all of you. As soon as it becomes summer I get a little anxious knowing that I will be working with students and have my own kids home for part of the time. I have had to remind myself that this isn’t going to be the first summer that I am working from home and my kids are pretty used to the routine. I know all is going to be well, and there may be a few snafus along the way.
Here are the things that I have been able to put in place in my home. My kids are ages 7, 9 and 11 so this works with this age level. You will need to decide what will work for you if you have kids that are in a different age range.
1. They are not allowed to use the swimming pool or invite friends over unless my husband is home.
2. They are free to read, do summer homework, or watch t.v. for an hour.
3. They may not bother mom if her headsets are in her ears. (This is our code that I am working and unless it is an emergency, you many not talk to me. However, I do allow them to write me a note. Yes, I am tricky and trying to get them to write as much as I can over the summer.)
4. I try to set up most of my students when they are in summer camp in the morning. This relieves stress that can come from working too much when they are around.
5. I have taught them healthy eating options and do not carry junk food in the house for them to eat while I am not watching.
6. My oldest is in charge. If they have a problem or need help, they are to first ask her to help them so that they don’t have to wait until mom is done with her sessions.
7. Promise them to play a game or go somewhere if they do a great job when you are working. (Yes, bribery really does work).
Setting ground rules in the beginning is key. If you constantly have your kids interrupting your sessions with your students you will be left feeling frustrated and neglectful of your own children. Summer is a time for them to have fun, but not at the expense of your business. They will enjoy that you are getting paid so that you can do more things with them vs. less. They will be proud of what you have accomplished and value their own education in the process.
What ages are your kids and what kinds of things are you worried about with running your business this summer?