Last week that magical day dawned full of wonder. It was the first day of summer break for my kiddos. No more school, homework, or lunches to pack.
We are home free. . . free. . . free. . .
Hold up! No uninterrupted writing time during the day?!
I love spending time with my kids in the summer going to the park, the beach, the museum, and eating watermelon. The challenge is sneaking in all the fun time and still meeting my writing goals.
Let’s face it, being a mom and a writer is not for the faint of heart! It’s hard work.
I don’t have all of the answers, but I’ll share a few tips I’ve learned from friends and experience.
How To Write In Summer – Mom’s Survival 101:
1. Set realistic goals. Goals that are unattainable only discourage you and keep you from writing the next day. Do not make goals cumulative, but a day at a time. If you don’t reach your goal on Monday, the end of the week goal feels impossible. Make each day a goal unto itself, that way every day is a fresh start.
2. Set goals for your kids. Find something that your children are able to do that is good for them like reading or journaling. Set a timer and encourage them to work toward that goal for 30 minutes independently. Find two such time slots a day and you have gained an hour of writing with few interruptions. Google kid’s summer goal setting and you will find a variety of resources.
3. Celebrate when you reach goals. Have the kids celebrate their reading goals and your writing goals when they are successfully reached. A trip to the park, or a Friday trip to the beach. The time you gain when you follow the goal plan is enormous because there is less wasted time. (My mentor Susan May Warren always encouraged me to do this and it works.)
4. Keep everyone active. When you have physical activities planned that get everyone out of the house, they are less hyper while inside. Physical activity and sunlight also helps us focus as we write.
5. Ask for help. It is sometimes difficult for us moms to ask for help, but in summer this is essential. Ask your spouse, grandparents, aunts, friends to pitch in by taking your children on a fun outting. If you are using this as writing time, make yourself be accountable for it. Set goals to reach while your children are adventuring and stick to them.