It is summer time.
The kids are home and driving the husband crazy.
This is when working at home can suck. You have deadlines to live by but the kids want all of your attention. And a big fight is the best way to get it.
So what do you do as a work-at-home parent when the other parent works out of the house?
We have come up with a three-prong plan.
First of all, plan a chore list everyday or most days depending on your schedule. Our lists comprise of things that have to be taken care of everyday such as pet care, music practice time and reading. I also throw things on to keep the house picked up. They do jobs around the house as well as keep their rooms cleaned up.
This year I told the kids that if their jobs are not done when I get home from work, there will be consequences. Dad should not have to stand over them every moment of the day to make sure the chores are done. I will take away devices, turn off the tv, and ban friends from the house. They also know I will follow through on this.
No one wants to lose screen time.
Secondly, we utilize every Vacation Bible School (VBS) program we can find. For one week during the morning or the evening, kids get to learn a little about Jesus while making crafts and singing songs. Many of their friends are there and a good time is had by all.
One of the churches is doing a one day VBS on a Saturday. Yep, the kids are going to that one as well. Luckily, most of the VBS programs at various churches are well spaced out so just when staying at home all of the time gets a little boring, they are off to another church.
Lastly, I have the “I’m Bored” jar. Other people have posted blog entries about their jar. I loved one post that listed 150 different ideas to break the curse of boredom.
Of course, this was from a stay-at-home mom who was trying to come up with ideas for winter/Christmas break. And I applaud her creativity from which I completely stole as I worked on my “I’m Bored” jar. The slips of ideas I put in were more relative to the interests of my kids but I did write out about 150 different ideas.
I have things that involve raspberry picking, going to the Farmer’s Market or writing a letter to Grandma. I ask that they go with whatever hits the hand first but the kids have been known to sift through the slips until they find one they like.
It doesn’t hurt that we have the County Fair near the end of the summer which means there will be things to get ready. And the end of fair always seem to signal the end of summer, especially when band camp starts the next day.
But for now, it is time to enjoy hotter than hot days that end with cool breezes in the evening. There are fruits to be picked, books to read, and water sprinklers to dance under.
Bring it on!!!!
How do you deal with Summer Boredom Syndrome at your house?