Tips for Managing Your Work Schedule While Kids Are On Winter Break

It is almost Thanksgiving and winter break is just around the corner! Our schedules will be more relaxed, but it will also be challenging to manage both working at home and the kids.

Here are a few suggestions for the next two weeks:

Take a vacation: Plan on taking at least one week of vacation. Taking a break helps you connect with the kids instead of trying to stay focused on two things at the same time—it does not work. Multitasking is exhausting.

Plan the break: Have a list of activities that you can do as a family and a few where the kids get one-on-one time with each parent. It does not need to be fancy outings just something where you spend focused time with them.

Sports Practice: If kids have sports practice during the break, attend those practices. It will give you a chance to regroup, finish last minute shopping, your work or just relax.

Daily schedule: Break down the day for the kids—work in the morning and fun in the afternoons. Having a general idea of the day will set expectations with the kids and will help ensure they do not spend all day on technology.

Activities: Keep the kids engaged with holiday fun activities while you are working. Keeping them involved will help you stay focused and get things done in time.

Share: If you have to work during the break, see if your partner can take time off or you can take a week off, and your spouse can take the following week off. Breaking up your vacation will help you stay on task and give each parent a chance to spend time with the kids. Each parent can be a stay at home parent for a week while the other goes to work.

I hope this helps you and if you have any suggestions, please send them my way:


Victoria has over 18 years of work experience with 15 of those in corporate America at a Fortune 50 company. She has been a telecommuter for eight years. She has an MBA, International Marketing Certification from Thunderbird University, PMI certification and an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University.

She loves her job and her organization, but telecommuting comes with challenges. There are great articles that talk about the basics of being remote, but there is a need to dig deeper into the challenges of being a telecommuter. The purpose of her blog is to create a virtual and local support system, share ideas on dealing with the challenges of being virtual; finding ways to stay motivated and connected.