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How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?



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How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?

Ok so Christmas is looming again and I am starting to feel tired already.

We have our long school holidays over Christmas in South Africa and I find it so hard. Usually my husband doesn't get much leave over Christmas yet my kids are home for anything from 4 to 6 weeks!

Then just to add things to the stress my family usually come over. In one way it makes it a little easier with my parents being here because they can look after my kids quite a lot so I can get some work done.

However they travel about 350 kms to come spend time with me and my family so I can't exactly hide away and let them look after my kids!

In addition they only come for about a week leaving another 3 - 5 weeks to get through.

Last Christmas I worked any chance I got during the day which wasn't much and then I waited until everyone went to bed at night and worked as much as I could. So I worked from about 10pm - 3am every night.

Needless to say I nearly killed myself LOL. I came close to burning out and I had to just stop working for the last week.

How do you manage and do you have any tips or advice? My kids are five years old and nearly three years old!

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TommyCarey

Working during the holidays is tough, but it's a necessity if we want to put food on the tables How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?

I usually ramp up my marketing and advertising to pull in a good amount of sales so that I can have a lot of orders to work on a few weeks before Christmas. I'll usually get most of it done before Christmas and then I'll pause all my campaigns between the December 24th and January 2nd. This allows me to spend a week with my family and I don't have to worry about missing anything at Christmas or New Years How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?

I don't worry too much about Thanks Giving because it's just one night of work that I'll miss. I'll usually try to get a bunch of work done the few days prior to turkey day so that I don't worry too much about getting hit with a ton of work on that Friday when I'm hungover from eating too much turkey How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?

It's definitely tough working online, or offline, when you have kids. My girlfriend and I have a 7 (almost 8) year old who is pretty active and wants to be doing something all the time. I try to get a lot of work done late at night after 9pm when she goes to bed. Sometimes I'll be awake til 3am and then I'll have to bring her to school at 7am. But when she's not in school I'll have to just work when she's home and after she goes to bed.

Sometimes I'm a little tired during the day, but she understands that I have to work in order to buy her stuff How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?

With you having 2 kids that are 5 and under I'm sure it's much more difficult for you. But I'm sure you can do it How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?




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Lynne

You know Razzy there are times I think I just can't cope and like I am going to burn out, but then I do cope. Simply because I just have to. It is as simple as that.

It gets tough during Christmas time in a very bad way but like my mom always says "And this too shall pass".

I must admit that I am sure it will be a lot easier this year. For starters my husband will be taking some leave over Christmas for the first time in 6 years so I won't have to do it all alone. Plus the kids are a year older... which is a huge difference for my son especially. At just 2 years old last year I had to watch him like a hawk every moment.




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augusta

What I do is to schedule the time properly and follow it to the latter.I don't joke with my resting so I rest when I'm suppose to and work when it time.

I tried pitting things together some time back I was almost a skeletal of me,so I made up my mind to only follow a simple rule of simplicity and still achieve my targets.




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idealmike

Well I don't have kids, but when I do I usually wash them down with a bottle of chianti. I'm joking of course! How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids? I'm not Hannibal Lecter!! lol No, I love kids, only well behaved kids though, kids that have good parents and are taught good morals from an early age. Your kids seem really lovely Lynne and you're a lovely woman who I'd love as a mom lol so I'm sure you'll be fine! But it's just like anything, you can't work yourself too hard and work yourself into the ground, that's not good for you or for your whole family. I think you have to learn to give yourself a break. You're only human! You need to work yes, to put food on the table, to pay the bills, to have a good Christmas and the like. But you also need to rest and get enough rest to have the energy to be able to work to be able to do all of that. Jus keep your head up, stay strong, don't stay up late every night (save that for the weekends). Don't burn the candle at both ends as they say! How do you get through holidays and festive season working with kids?




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Lynne

Thanks Mike, I do appreciate what you are saying. I know that taking on too much is just plain counter productive!

Here's hoping that this year is easier than last year!




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Cristian

I'm usually free from my day job about 1-2 weeks in the Christmas and New Year holidays, this year is no exception, so yay!
I'm actually planning on having some freelance work done, but who knows, almost every year I promise myself I'll work a lot during this free days but I always end up hanging a lot of time with my family and friends plus just relaxing and doing nothing, which is quickly developing into my favorite hobby...just doing NOTHING for a while!

As far as kids go, have no idea, but I guess it can be pretty difficult.




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Lynne

LOL Cristian, you have no idea how hard it can be until you get there. Life suddenly has a lot less choices available for you.

Enjoy being childless, when you make that move to being a parent life as you know it is over! Not that it is bad as such, being a parent brings so many joys but being able to choose to just do nothing??? Never ever ever again.




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Barida

You have to take it slowly during such festive season and rest so as to ensure that you don't stress out yourself working as well as taking care of the kids. I would advise that you get a babysitter, but it is not always right to follow that path for it might result in you having a disconnection with your baby.




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Corzhens

It is Christmas day and we are in my sister's house for a family reunion. You can imagine the kids pestering me and it is impossible to do work properly. Okay, I went to the bathroom to do some work without interruption. Truly the festive season is for the kids and we should give them their due.




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