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Balancing Work & the Kids’ Spring Break

by Lorraine C. Ladish

Living in Florida, I kind of dread spring break. My beloved beach, where I go running to unwind after a hard day of work, is out of bounds for the entire month of March. Partying spring-breakers lie on the sand, surf the waves and mingle in bars, while I look on, envying their carefree laughter and suntanned legs. Because as a working mom, my own kids’ spring break doesn’t translate into a vacation for me—it just means more work! Not only do I have to contend with editorial planning, writing deadlines and social media interaction, but I have to do it with three kiddos in the house. That also entails heightened levels of mom-guilt when one of them inevitably asks at some point, “What are we going to do today?” and all I can answer is: “I don’t know; I have to work!”

Of course I tell myself that I’m not a bad mother just because I can’t play Monopoly with them all day or take them to an amusement park instead of making a living. And naturally I remind myself how lucky I am to telecommute, as my kids can actually be with me while I work. But the flipside is that because I’m home, they can also tell me they’re hungry, moan about being bored and yell at one another, all within earshot. All this makes working during spring break a little more challenging than usual.

Other moms on social media have shared that they also stress about what to do with the kiddos during their vacation time since they also don’t have the luxury of taking time off.

Here are some suggestions for surviving your kids’ spring break:

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