No Diapers in Your Home Anymore?? Read This!
Attention moms that work from home (lovingly referred to as WAHM)!! This information is for you! I have had the opportunity to start working through an online course by Lisa Tanner Writing called Balancing Diapers and Deadlines.
With the name “diapers” in the title, some of you may just skip reading this. Please don’t let that name fool you if you don’t have any littles in your house … I have NO children in diapers, but this course is still helpful for me. It could be helpful for you too.
Let’s Define “Work at Home Mom”
For me, if you contribute in any way to your family’s income, then you are a work at home mom. Now, I also think this applies to moms that own a business with their husband or help their husband with his business. Do you help him answer phones, do paperwork, talk to customers, or send out product? If so, then you are a work at home mom!
If you didn’t help him with all of that, then he would have to hire someone to do those things. In that respect, you save your family money, which in turn allows your family to bring in more money!
Then there are the more obvious work at home mom jobs… the ones that bring in cold hard cash… maybe you work for a company like Usborne books or Lula Roe? Or maybe you are a blogger and you receive money and/or products? Or maybe you are a writer?
No matter what you are doing to help out your family, you need to figure out how to balance it with family time. That’s where this course comes into play.
Time management for busy moms
This course starts at the beginning of starting your business and gives you practical “baby steps” to get you started on how to make sure you are successful all while not sacrificing your family. And, isn’t that the ultimate goal for a work at home mom anyway? … To contribute to the family income, all while still being the mom you want to be?
It truly is hard to balance it all. As working women, we can’t just pretend we don’t still have all of our mothering instincts. We want to provide financial support for our family and still have time to kiss boo-boos and sit on the couch for a “date” with our husbands. At least that’s my goal. I’m sure we all have slightly different goals in mind.
And, really, my youngest is 10, so “kissing boo-boos” is happening less and less often, but that doesn’t mean my 10-year-old doesn’t still need or want my attention in other aspects.
If you’ve been at this work at home mom thing for a while, then you can probably skip some of this course. More accurately, you can probably skim some of it.
I’ve basically always been a work at home mom. I’ve never worked full time since I’ve been a mom, but I’ve always worked part-time. I’m always interested in ideas that can help me be more successful at balancing it all.
Practical Tips for the WAHM
At the end of each lesson, there is an “action step” or “baby step” for you to implement in your home to help you be successful in your WAHM business. For example, at the very beginning, it talks about how important it is for you to discuss your business goals with your kids and spouse. They don’t have to know all the details, depending on the age of the child, but a simple, “I’m doing xyz so that we can save up for a Disney vacation.” would be great. This gives the work you are doing some importance for them. They now understand why you might be on your computer more often.
I have already done this with my kids and husband, so I was able to skip over that baby step and continue on with the next lesson.
Due to that kind of thing, this course may not take me as long as others. How old your kids are and how long you have had your at home business, will determine how long it will take you to get through the course.
I do recommend you check it out so that you can put to use all of the work at home mom productivity tips that you will learn. We all need a little help with balancing it all. (No?? Just me? Okay… Move along…)