When the kids were home for an extended summer vacation, I realized I would have to make adjustments to my workday. Realistically, I knew it was going to be a strange balance. I accepted that things will not go as planned. I did learn a few things along the way.
Generally I schedule social media and blog posts ahead of time, when I know I need to wear my mom hat. When they are at home, I get zilch done. I don’t have the resources for childcare, so I do what I can, even if it sacrifices the household income.
I have been a writer before I realized I became one. My fingers get itchy when I haven’t had the chance to pen a page or edit a blog post. As my family has experienced firsthand, my crankiness peaks on the days when I haven’t put pen to paper or stroked a keyboard and life isn’t smooth sailing in our house.
I posed the question on my Social Media accounts if I was the only feeling the purse squeeze or creative pinch during the strike of our public school system. Resoundingly, so many said they were in the same boat. A few moms had their kids in day camps. I had done that a little bit through the summer, but it is expensive.
So, how do you write around kids?
1. Steal moments. Yes, that even includes giving them screen time. We have a schedule on weekdays to help keep up with school skills. I have given bonus precious screen time when I had a pressing deadline.
2. Outside PE Time! Backyards and Parks are great for the kids to burn off steam. Grab a notebook and pen to strategize, outline an upcoming article or jot down random notes. Being in the fresh air can stir creative juices to help you when you can be at the computer.
3. Better to write a crappy page than edit a blank one. I wrote a lot of crap this summer.
Life is too short. They are back in school now. I do kind of miss the slower mornings, almost. I will miss them as I ponder over my current deadline while enjoying a cup of HOT coffee in one sitting.
How do you write around kids?