Summer Vacation: The Line Between Work and Play
We’re one week into the girls’ summer vacation. The first few days were rocky, near constant fighting between the two of them. And when not battling each other? A complete lack of cooperation with me.
Needless to say, an exhausting week. I thought summer vacation was supposed to be fun, right?
Things have settled down behavior-wise, leaving me with that age-old conundrum of how do I accomplish anything while they are around? That is a challenge for any stay-at-home parent even in the best of times. The situation complicates when one attempts to juggle a career from home while parenting.
The Summer Vacation Balancing Act
It’s a battle that I know improves as the children age. My older one, voracious reader that she is, is quite content to lock herself in her room with a book. I don’t complain. I am so proud of her love of books. That they quietly occupy her time, all the better. The younger one, however, demands my attention at all times when we aren’t out on playdates or other activities.
(Playdates have been a large part of the first week. I am looking forward to taking advantage of the many great activities of which the city of Los Angeles avails us. There are still so many I have never done. Many I couldn’t do while they kids were younger, but now that they are older, they will enjoy, too.)
Any one out there have any suggestions for striking this delicate balance of work and child play? Please throw them my way in the comments. In the meanwhile, I’ll just juggle the struggle as best I can. Having accomplished so much more work this first year of both being in school, I’d hate to see things vaporize over summer vacation.