With winter break just around the corner, home – based professional parents everywhere may be both excited about the opportunity to spend time with their children and anxious about whether they will be able to keep up with their workload while the kids are on break. Whether your kids are on break from day care, pre school, grade school, high school, or college, you probably want to spend more time with them than you normally have available during a typical work week. If at all possible, try to plan ahead so that you can lighten your workload during their vacation and get additional work done in the time leading up to their vacation so that you can enjoy quality time together without the pressures of work weighing heavily on your mind.
You will probably have to do at least some work, so make plans now if you need to have time to work during the day. Plan ahead to see whether there are opportunities for other people like aunts, uncles, and grandparents to enjoy some special time with the kids during their vacation. Think about your kids’ friends, and whether you might want to look into the possibility of trading a day or two of child care with them.
If your children are old enough to help you with some of the tasks related to your home – based business and they are interested in doing so, why not enlist their assistance. Not only will you get work done, you will be strengthening your bond with your children and helping them to build skills that will serve them well in the future. Sharing some of your work life with your children can be a new way for you to connect, and to learn more about each other. It is quite possible that they are already interested in what you do, and bringing them into close contact with your work may inspire them to strike out on their own and become entrepreneurs in the future.
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