Spring Breaks (And Plenty of Them!)

Remember those six glorious, uninterrupted, Johnny Test-less hours you had to work at home peacefully, time spent with the television actually turned off or tuned to “Mommy and Daddy” shows? Ah, I remember those days well, as if they were only last week… (They were.) If it’s spring break in your neck of the woods, your quiet, little haven has been invaded by hordes of little people with loud, argumentative voices and seemingly insatiable appetites. How on earth are you supposed to get work done?

Here’s what I’ve had to relearn this week, having been spoiled by full-day-school-age children:

  • Plan on not working around any of the following times: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Children’s bellies rumble like clockwork.
  • Plan on doing most of your work before the kids get up and after they go to bed. Nap, if you can, whenever you can.
  • Schedule time to hang out with your kids. Play board games in the bad weather, go for walks in the sunshine. Or else the guilt will eat you alive.
  • Don’t pick up your business line unless you are 100 percent ready to work. People may be more accepting of working from home, but, still, nothing says distracted like a child crying in the background, so let the call roll to voicemail and return it later. Or send an email. It’s far safer.
  • Use bribery, if you have to. There’s no shame in doling out a few Skinny Cows in exchange for a half hour of silence.
  • Two words: “Ask Daddy.”
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4 thoughts on “Spring Breaks (And Plenty of Them!)

  1. Dina,
    Even though my boys are grown now, I can so relate. One time when I was trying to get an assignment (COVER story) for a major military publication, I had to lock myself in the bathroom to conduct a business call with the editor. While trying to sound professional, my three-year-old son was on the other side of the door, banging away and screaming his head off. (He was fine, just not happy mommy was on the other side of the door.)

    Finally, the editor ( a man) said, “Is everything O.K.?” When I confessed and told him what was going on, he laughed and said, “Open the door and let your son in. I’m a parent, too.” I got the assignment! That cover story got the attention of the editors at Family Circle Magazine and that’s how I got my foot in the door there. All a long time ago. Believe it or not, I MISS THOSE DAYS!!!

    I love your plog. You have inspired me to keep working on my new novel!!
    Happy Easter to you and your family,
    Kathleen

    • Kathleen,
      What a great story! You are so sweet! Thanks so much for your support, and I look forward to hearing about your progress on your new novel! Have a wonderful, wonderful Easter!

  2. You just described my daily routine! lol. But then Rowan isn’t school-age yet. It was much easier when she was a baby and slept a whole lot more. She does preschool 2 days a week. Those are my “insane amounts of work” days. Oh, and after 8pm every evening.

    I’m quite looking forward to Kindergarten in Fall 2011.

  3. My quiet little haven was invaded this past week by two rather large people (i.e., teenagers) with loud, argumentative voices and seemingly insatiable appetites. Some things never change.

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