The routines are changing for many mogul moms as summer begins. Running around with the kids and running our business.
The mom/entrepreneur balancing act is always a challenge, but summer can be especially stressful. Screen time for your kids has limitations, and you need quiet time to focus on work.
Here are some creative ideas to keep your “small assistants” busy, so you can build that empire of yours, keep the kiddos away from the television and maybe even teach them at the same time. Talk about multitasking. You really can do it all!
1. Get ‘em reading
The number one request of teachers this summer is to keep kids reading, and it’s so easy to do with Mobi Stories, Digital Books for Kids. Simply purchase downloadable files and your kids can follow along as the stories are read aloud on the screen, or read to themselves. They’re now available for the iPhone, too!
2. Get ’em writing
For younger kids you can get 1st grade writing worksheets for older kids you can have them start a summer journal, as they may have done through the school year. It’s so much easier for kids to enjoy writing when they love what they’re writing about. Some easy prompts to get them started are, “What was your favorite thing today?”, “What’s the weather?”, “Did your friend say/do something funny?” Or for more structure, check out the topics in the illustrated This is Me Journal..
3.Refresh their skills
From math, language arts and social studies you can refresh your kids’ skills with fun, free printable worksheets for kids ages pre-school to high school at Family Education.
4.Embrace your child’s inner explorer
Do a nature scavenger hunt in your yard or a treasure hunt in the house. Make lists of things they should find and have them explain them to you in their own words.
5.Let them create
Crayons and markers are the only materials needed to create masterpieces. Encourage creativity with a little direction.
6.Encourage online learning
Head to educational websites like National Geographic, NASA, FunBrain, KidsKnowIt and HowStuffWorks.
With a few of these activities in your back pocket, you’ll be more prepared to juggle family and business these summer months…..and keep your sanity, too.
So…what about you? What will your kids be doing this summer while you work? Tell us in the comments.
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