Summer Sewing - Making Time to Sew When the Kids Are Home From School

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I know that this topic doesn't apply to everyone, but I also know that I'm not the only one who has kids home for the summer and is desperately trying to figure out how they are going to find time to sew.

Summer Sewing - Making Time to Sew During the Summer

This year I have a plan. So far, it is working pretty well so I thought I would share it with you. My kids are 3, 8, and 10, so based on your kids ages, some of these may not work for you.

1. Mandatory quiet time for everyone. This occurs everyday during my 3 year old's nap time (12:30-2:30-ish). The 3 year old naps, and the older kids are allowed to do activities that make minimal noise and require no adult help. These include reading, board games, and puzzle books.

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3. Planning my time wisely. I went onto Pinterest and downloaded some weekly calendars. I had the kids make a list of things that they most want to do this summer and then scheduled them. This way they feel like they are getting to do all of the things they want to do and they don't have to constantly ask me when these things are going to happen.

I am also doing things like proofing patterns during swimming lessons so that I can be productive while they are in their summer activities. 

4. Involving the kids in my quilting projects. This one is a hard one for me - part of what I love about quilting is that it is mine and I don't have to share the process with anyone. My kids do enjoy helping so they have been hanging out in my sewing room with me more often.

5. Podcasts. A few months ago I discovered that if I turned a podcast on for them in their bedrooms, they would go to bed earlier.  They are currently trying to push their bedtimes back as late as they can manage, so this has been a big help. They are huge fans of NPR's Wow in the World podcast. It's a lot of fun, informative, and made specifically for kids. Each of them has an Echo Dot in their bedrooms and I can start the podcasts from an app on my phone.

6. Remembering that we all need a vacation, even from our hobbies. I am going to be doing some sewing this summer, I will even be releasing a couple of new patterns, but I am also going to be taking some vacation time. I love quilting (obviously), but spending time with family is the most important.

7. Giving them something to look forward to - a subscription box. I debated this one, but I decided that it was a good fit for us. After some research, I decided on the Amazon Stem Club subscription. I ended up getting one box for my older kids and one for my youngest. They were very excited to find out that we will be getting some fun mail this summer and we have done this box before so I know it will send us some fun activities. 

8. Movie night - AKA quilt binding time! I like to hand sew my binding, and I enjoy watching a movie while I sew. This summer we are going to be watching some favorite classic films together as a family and I am going to get my binding done at the same time.

Our summer is just beginning and it is going pretty well so far, but do you have any favorite tricks to make time for sewing while your kids are home for the summer? 

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Summer Sewing - Making Time to Sew During the Summer

12 comments

  1. I have no kids and am retired but have to say I'm duly impressed with your approach to this. Even when I was still working, I always found setting aside just a little time each day resulted in some pretty good results. Sounds to me like your mandatory quiet time would fill the bill nicely. Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Thanks! It has been working out well. I think it's good for everyone to have a little quiet in their day. My kids have resisted a little, but I think they are starting to enjoy it.

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  2. What an amazing plan you've drawn up! And clearly, not only to keep your own sanity, but you have THEIR sanity in mind, too. When my kids were little, I had the luxury of being able to totally immerse myself in the kids for the summer and was always sad when it ended and school started back again. My kids are grown, out of college, but at back at home now, repaying college debt and trying to save.(It's a different world from when I grew up - we were completely independent by our early 20's.) Initially, I really struggled with finding my "quilting time" as they came home expecting the same treatment as when they were young, and who could blame them! I've found these times between dependence and complete independence have been the most tricky for me to navigate. It wasn't until I sat down and charted out some boundaries and reminders about having "mutual respect" and being a good roommate, that sanity was restored.

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    1. I am glad your sanity has been restored! I think that we will increasingly see adult children living at home so I may have plenty of that in the future!

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  3. What a brilliant plan to keep everyone happy! I am going to share this with several mom's who will benefit from your wisdom! thank you for your post!

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    1. Thank you, that is so sweet. Share away!

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  4. Another podcast to check out is 'But Why?'. My daughter loves it (although she is a little younger, age 6).
    I'm glad you have a plan that is working!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, we are always looking for fun, new podcasts!

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  5. Great ideas! As a homeschooling and part time employed mom of 7 I especially protect the 1-3pm "rest time" at our house. Younger kids napped and older kids are not allowed to talk to me unless there is blood. Having older children play and entertain younger kids also helps free me for other tasks such as dinner prep, cleaning and sewing.

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    1. That 1-3 time os so precious! My oldest is 10 and is pretty helpful with entertaining my 3 year old so that does make a huge difference.

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  6. I always used to give my family quiet time straight after lunch, everyone went to their room to sleep, read, do jigsaws etc while i went to my room to sew for sanity. x

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    1. Yes, I need that time for sanity, too!

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