The reason I decided to freelance part time from home is so I wouldn’t have to have my kids in day care.
I did have my daughter in an awesome daycare from when she was 4 months until she was 2 and it did has some advantages. I got out of the house everyday, she was perfectly socialized, stimulated, and well taken care of, and picking her up after work felt like Christmas morning everyday! Same with day camp for my step kids. They got to go swimming everyday, socialize, and participate in lots of activities I am not sure we would have been able to get to at home. But no matter how much fun they pack into day care, full day preschool, and summer camps, it still feels like sending my kids off to work if they are out of the house from 8 until 6. It’s too long of a day. I like being able to structure our days in a way that suit our unique needs. I also selfishly don’t want to miss out on all that fun stuff with my kids! School hours I can justify because except for a couple weeks in the winter you are able to commute in daylight, there’s time before supper for fun, plus there’s summer vacation. Once my son is in full day kindergarten this fall (as long as my step granddaughter is back with her mother) my freelance work should be so much easier to fit in and maybe I will REALLY be able to work on my project.
Summers are are extra challenging though. I need to provide my kids with great summer experiences but I also need to get my work done!
What’s my plan? Nap time.
Since we have a baby we have nap time again in our house. It was how I used to get my freelance work done when my own kids were babies. I work about 15 house a week and 2 hour naps x 7 days = nearly 15 hours! We can plan our days around that. We can do fun things in the morning or the afternoon but from 12:30 until 2:30 it will be quite time. I can use evenings for blogging or if we decide to take a day trip once a week I can make up my work at night. The older kids can read, play quietly, or watch a movie. It will be hard not to use that time for fun things or straightening or blogging but is is really going to help keep our summer sane and fun!
We will see how it goes. I hope I am able to stick to it. The incentive is certainly there! Stay tuned for an update in a couple weeks to see how naptime = worktime is going.
Do you work part time from home? How do you make it through the summer? Please share!