Surviving Summer


Summer brings relaxed schedules, later bedtimes, and the smell of aloe vera in the house. While I enjoy the extra time with family, I struggle to balance job demands with child wrangling, especially with my home office just off the kids’ playroom. I’m currently trying to type this while my two kids play dollhouse excitedly not 10 feet away. So far, this is what I’ve come up with:

  • Wake up at 6am and tiptoe downstairs to try and fit an hour in, only to have my little one wake up at the mere smell of me.

  • Park the kids in front of the TV. It’s Sprout, so it’s educational.

  • Work after they go to bed, only to find my grammar sloppy and vision a bit blurry, so make a note to edit the next morning. See bullet #1.

  • Hope that my husband Russ hears their escalating whines for something to do before I lose my mind.


With regards to the last point, I’m incredibly lucky to have a teacher for a husband. Russ is the official Kerr kid slinger of summer. He spends a good part of the day carting our son to and from camp or taking the little one to Little Kickers, Wiggleworms or the local park.

It makes me seriously wonder how other at-home/working parents survive summer. Do you have any tricks to share? How do you savor summer without losing your mind or blowing off your job? Please share below.

Nora Kerr is the owner of Memoir for Me, specializing in memory books that capture a life story.

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