So the Easter Holidays are over … not sure about you but we had a lovely time.
A nice trip to London, as Santa had been very kind in buying us all tickets to see Mamma Mia. Which was quite good of Santa, as with the girls birthdays being so close to Christmas, it gave them something to look forward to after Christmas. However, if Santa decides to do something similar this year, let’s hope mummy and daddy will be more organised instead of booking only the week before the Easter Hols 🙂
It was such a fab show. However, I was so pleased there were lots of other children there as I didn’t realise how provocative it would be! I wasn’t the only one getting ‘Bad Parent of the Year!’ But, as musicals go it was brilliant and both my girls loved it. Luckily they haven’t picked up on anything that will scar them for life 🙂
But now it’s back to reality. If you read my facebook yesterday, you’ll see I had every intention of starting my day mega organised, but after putting dry dog food into the washing machine drawer, I realised that I had that much going around in my head I needed to sit, write it all down and get re-organised! Although I’ve managed to get some work done throughout the holidays, we did have our little break away, which was needed, once we got back from London I seem to stay in holiday mode! Hence the reason I feel so scatty!
One of the reasons I chose to work from home was so I could work around my children, but that means when they are off school I am at home with them. Although that sounds nice in theory, when they are off school, I’ve come to understand that my work shouldn’t just stop, but it’s inevitable that it has to slow down, as this sort of defeats the object of being at home with them. But no matter how much I prepare myself beforehand I always seem to be chasing my tail. I wouldn’t, don’t get me wrong, have it any other way.
I recently moved my desk downstairs, I was lucky enough to have a room to myself upstairs, however, I decided before the holidays that I wanted to be near the doors that open onto the garden. Our lovely weather (yes, we are having a few gorgeous days here in the UK) was just too lovely to miss out on. As I write this, the sun is shining and the doors are open, the birds are singing, it’s just bliss.
The other good thing about moving my desk downstairs is that I can actually get some work done while my girls play! (This is a complete bonus, as I didn’t think this would happen). The first week of the holidays worked really well. I would set them up with some crafty bits, or their own folder of work (they like to pretend to work in the office too!) and we’d all work away for an hour or two.
I always felt guilty going upstairs to my other office, when they were home, so I just didn’t do it. Whereas now we can still interact with each other, and I can feel like I’m getting through the pile on my desk that doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller 🙂
If you work at home and want to keep your kids entertained while you get the essential bits done, or if you want to entertain your kids while you get certain jobs done, hopefully these articles should help:
5 Ways to Entertain Children While You Work
Tips on Entertaining Kids While Working at Home – This lady has a problem working while her 5 year old is at home, look through the conversation at the bottom for tips from other mums. Hopefully, these articles will help you, they certainly did for me. Now back to shifting papers on my desk and deciding what to do first 🙂
photo credit: http://www.alancosens.com/work-from-home-moms/
Great post, Vicky! I have the same approach as you, and in the holidays I move myself to the table in the lounge/diner, or the kitchen table, so I can be around my daughter while she plays. I have a laptop computer so it’s pretty easy! We have only the one child, and I do think only children play differently than those with siblings. From observing my friends who have more than one child, there are pluses and minuses – one the one hand, siblings will go off and play together, whereas my daughter needs me as her play partner a lot of the time. But – and it’s a big but! – there are often squabbles to sort out between siblings, whereas I don’t have to worry about that 🙂 I’m going to check out those links, and file them for half term – which is coming up frighteningly fast!
Aw thanks Jo for your comment. You are completely right, having two children is great in one respect because they do go off and play together, being so close in age they have similar interests and I’m quite lucky as my girls do get on very well. However, they both have very strong personalities, so the squabbles can be unbearable sometimes, so it’s easier to take them out or do something with them, which defeats the object of getting any work done! lol!
But hopefully you’ll find some good ideas to allow some work time in the holidays, which does feel like it has come around a bit too quick! Weren’t they just off? lol!
Have a lovely day and lots of luck in the hols – I know I’ll need it! 🙂