It’s that time of year again! The kids are home from school for spring break and, for working parents, that can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re struggling to keep your head above water this week, never fear! Here are a few tips to help you make it through the week without losing your mind.

  1. Create a Schedule…and Stick to It
    One of the best ways to survive spring break with kids at home is to create a schedule—and then stick to it as best you can. This will help give structure to your day and ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them. Of course, there will be days when the schedule goes out the window (we’re only human, after all), but having one in place will help minimize the chaos.
  2. Take advantage of Technology
    these days, there are all sorts of great resources available to help working moms survive spring break (and every other day of the year, for that matter). From online grocery delivery services to streaming entertainment options, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of the modern conveniences at your disposal. No one said being a working mom was going to be easy, but there’s no reason why it has to be harder than it needs to be.
  3. Accept Help from Others
    If friends or family members offer to help out during spring break, don’t hesitate to take them up on their offer! Whether it’s watching the kids for a few hours so you can get some work done or simply lending an ear when you need someone to vent to, accept help from others whenever possible. We all need a little assistance from time to time, so there’s no shame in asking for (or accepting) help when it’s offered.
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Break
    Last but not least, remember that it’s okay to take a break every now and then—you deserve it! Whether it’s taking an hour-long lunch break to run errands or taking a mental health day when things get too overwhelming, don’t be afraid to put your own needs first every once in awhile. After all, if you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else either.
    Spring break can be tough for working parents, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. By following these tips (and remembering that it’s okay to ask for help), you’ll be able to make it through the week without pulling your hair out. Hang in there, mama—you’ve got this!