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Making Time for Play as a Working Mother by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 

Making Time for Play

Making Time for Play

As a working mother I never feel like I have enough time to just play with my kids.  There always seems to be another deadline to meet, calls to make, and a pile of work on my desk that needs my immediate attention.

 

My two sons, ages 6 and 3, are very active and would love to have my undivided attention.  However, duty calls and work must be done if the mortgage and the bills are to get paid.  Try explaining that to a 3 year old…let me tell you, it’s impossible. 

 

What is possible is to carve out time in your day to play and release your inner child at the same time…how refreshing.

 

Day planners are made for just that.  Plan out a block or blocks of time each week that you can dedicate just to the kids.  If possible, plan these around times in their schedule where other activities don’t interfere—for example, naptime for your 3 yr old or karate class for your 6 yr old. 

 

Playtime can be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather but have a variety of activities for the kids to choose from.  This gives the kids some control and allows them the independence of choosing an activity.  Playtime can be as simple as kicking a soccer ball around or getting down on the floor and playing cars or building blocks or as involved as taking a nature hike outdoors.

 

During play time, put on the answering machine and turn your cell phone off so that the kids know this is their time.  Avoid any unnecessary interruptions.  Get down at your child’s level. Encourage creativity.  You can ask the older children to write down a list of activities that they might enjoy doing with you during “play time,” this engages them and teaches them how to make the best of their time too. 

 

While not easy, scheduling quality play time with your kids while still maintaining your business is not an impossibility.  It just takes planning.

 

I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should  you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com  and www.sandrabeck.com

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5 Tips To Work-Home Transition Success by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 Last weekend I spent some time visiting with family.  My sister’s ten-acre lot has become something of an oasis these days.  The rural atmosphere is a delight for this suburban native, and a much needed source of rest.  As I cuddled with my toddler, tired from our hour-long afternoon hike, I remembered a time when my unwillingness to leave work in the office overshadowed our time together.  When you work at home, like I do, it can be all too easy to slip into an assignment during off hours.flowers1

As I became acclimated to the work-at-home lifestyle, I picked up a few easy techniques to help bring my mind back to the things that matter most at the end of the day.  Here are a few ideas for making the transition from work to home a successful one:

Set a work schedule and stick to it.  When you plan to work a set number of hours, it is easier to prioritize your time.  Once you have a plan in place, be diligent about staying within those boundaries.

Transition by spending time doing something you love.  Set aside some time to journal, blog, read a book, or partake in another hobby after you finish working for the day.  Time spent doing something you enjoy will help get your mind off of the job and ready for a restful evening.

Keep your To Do list accessible.  If a work-related thought begins gnawing at your brain, write it down and leave it for business hours.  You’ll have the reminder you need to get the job done at the appropriate time.

Resolve to power down. Shut down your computer, cell phone and other work-related technology at the end of the day.  Once it’s off, leave it that way!

When all else fails, get out of town.  A weekend getaway or an afternoon with family or friends is a wonderful way to smooth the rough edges left behind by a stressful work week.  You needn’t spend a lot of money to get away, sometimes a family trip to a local park is all that is needed to melt the stress away.

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