Life as a single or married adult without children is busy enough, but when you add children to the mix, life can go from hectic to absolute chaos in about 2.7 seconds.
Working from home so that you can take care of your children seems like the ideal solution for many moms. There are definitely some benefits, but it also requires some time management, an ability to adapt + a constant assessment of your priorities to create a sense of balance.
I was freelance writing from home for 8 years before I had my first daughter. The biggest lesson I learned is that all of the work still got done BUT in a much different way than it did before I had kids.
Working from home + raising children is doable. You just have go at it with a very strategic approach.
#1 Set Up a Home Office
Ahhhhh…the luxury of an office — with a door — right? Sometimes this is hard to come by when you have a small house or multiple kids. I had an office until that office became a nursery 🙂
Seriously, though, working from the kitchen table just isn’t feasible when you’re trying to run a business from home. If you have a room you can dedicate to your office then do it.
At the very least, find a space that’s all your own — even if it’s just a little nook in your dining room or a closet. It’s an essential step to staying productive. Otherwise, it’s very easy to get distracted (oh look, shiny object) or for your business paperwork, notes, or items to get mixed up with everything else that is in your house.
When you’re in your office, hang a sign to let your partner know that it’s their turn to answer your child’s cries. Having a separate space can also help you stay organized because it will be more difficult for children to find your papers to crumple + create their next work of art.
#2 Schedule Time to Work
I know this can be tough. I have three ages 5 + under so I get it. Schedule time on your paper calendar or in your phone calendar (however you keep track of appointments) + make an appointment with yourself to get your work done.
It is highly possible that you have to become a “naptime warrior.” It means working in the morning before your kiddos get up, working during naptime, when your older kids are at school + after they go to bed at night.
Even though you “schedule” time to work you also have to be flexible. The one day you have the biggest project to tackle is the one day that your baby is not going to nap or that one of your kids stays home from school sick. You’re going to have to roll with the punches, Mama!
#3 Automate + Put Systems in Place
When you have a limited amount of time to work, you need to ensure that each moment that you have counts to the fullest. Put systems in place + automate as much as you possibly can.
Set up automation or autoresponder series for those that join your email list. Use apps like Tailwind to automate your Pinterest pinning. Get Recurpost set up to automatically post + automatically recycle your content on social media (including Instagram).
While you do have to dedicate some time to getting these systems in place, it’s going to save you time, money + so much hassle in the long run to have these systems + automations up + running.
#4 Schedule Time with Family + to Have Fun
You’re trying to build a business, but don’t forget about one of the reasons that you wanted to be a work-from-home mother in the first place. More than likely, you wanted the ability to raise your children rather than letting someone else do it for you.
So just like you schedule time to work, schedule time to have fun too! I believe downtime from your business actually makes you a better blogger, writer, baby blanket maker or whatever it is that you do.
Schedule time for some Mama self-care, too. I try to schedule a mani/pedi for at least once a quarter (It’s so sad that I used to do this every two weeks when I was single). I joined a mom book club (because I love to read). I joined a women’s bunco group. I attend events for the very active mom group in my neighborhood (We recently had a DIY sign party).
The point is that I notice that I come home refreshed + ready to deal with my family, my life + my business when I have some downtime that is all my own! I think you’re going to find that you need something similar for yourself.
#5 Talk to Your Partner
When the lines between work + home life get blurry, if you have a partner, communicate with them so they know how to support you. If you don’t have a partner, get a business buddy! Find a like-minded Mama that has her own business so you can be accountable + use each other as sounding boards.
Just like you schedule everything else, set up a schedule or make a plan to divvy up responsibilities with your partner. It helps to alleviate some of the stress on your relationship + allows you to focus better when you are working.
If you’re a work-from-home mom, you’re likely looking for ways to make your business more successful while enjoying as much time with your family as possible. Take some extra time every week to schedule out blocks of time to work on your business + to spend time with your family.
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It’s probably a question you’ve asked yourself: Do I want to stay at home + be the primary caregiver, or do I want to continue in my career?
Long gone are the days where moms have to choose between their children + their career. It is much more common now to be a work-at-home mom. Some work-at-home moms work for a company (maybe even the one they worked for prior to have kids) while others opt to work in direct sales with a direct marketing company, or start their own business, blog or website.
Modern Careers for Modern Moms
The Internet has been incredibly helpful for those who want to work from home, effectively making it more possible than ever. While not every job can be performed from home, many office positions can be.
Work Flexibility states that with roughly 4 million Americans working from home + 24 million working mothers, there’s bound to be some overlap between those two groups. Being a mother doesn’t mean someone’s passion for work disappears.
If you’re able to prove to your company that you’re willing to continue your work, it’s possible your boss is more than happy to allow you to work from home.
How Can You Be Work-From-Home Mom?
When a work-from-home mom reveals herself, people can be impressed and/or skeptical. Many will ask, “How can you do it all?” or “How do you find time in the day?” Some might even ask, “Can you teach me how to do that?”
Others might think that there’s no way anyone can pull that off without giving some things up. Let’s consider one woman who had to make a decision of whether or not she’d become a work-at-home mom. This woman used her gut instinct when choosing to work with doTERRA over other essential oil companies, when there were both pros + cons.
She saw the benefits of the network + support, which helped her make her choice. Your support network can have a significant impact on your decision to become a work-at-home mom. Anyone who discourages you outright from choosing this path might not have your best interests in mind.
Moms Know the Meaning of Responsibility
Not everyone is able to pull off being a work-from-home mom. It can be a lot of work + it often means you have to work more effectively + efficiently than ever before.
Sometimes that means your partner needs to have a more equal role in child care (which should be a given, but you know how it can be). Or making connections with other mothers, your family or other people to take care of children in crunch times or other difficult times.
Those who struggle can end up finding themselves quickly overwhelmed by the balancing of both responsibilities. If you’re able to tend to your baby + send emails without missing a beat, then the work-at-home mom life is for you. Reaching this point of confidence takes time.
This writer from Her Money discusses how being a work-from-home mom is like being part of a secret club. It takes a lot of work, but there are almost always others who are going through similar experiences + it’s nice to hear their stories. Try to solicit advice from work-at-home moms with plenty of experience.
A work-at-home mom should not be viewed with judgment from those who are primarily stay-at-home moms or those who commute to work. All of this also doesn’t mean that husbands or other partners can’t help out in the childcare process!
Parenting should be a shared responsibility, but we understand that sometimes not all partners are able to help out as much as primary caregivers would like. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing they can do! Try to actively support your partner help with the child care process.
Now, some don’t have a partner or someone to help. Being able to juggle both of these incredible responsibilities is worthy of applause. As a work-at-home mom, you’re showing that you’re capable of handling two jobs at once, including one that’s monetarily unpaid (but is paid with plenty of snuggles, hugs + kisses). This can be your path to becoming an even stronger woman.
The #1 lesson I learned running my business from home after having kids is that it all still gets done BUT in a much different way than it did before I had kids.
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Few things bring joy to parents like their child’s smile. In order to keep that smile glowing, you’ll need the professional advice of a qualified dentist. Pediatric dentists not only need to be adept with tooth care, but they should also know how to treat kiddos.
Keep these important factors in mind as you search for a pediatric dentist.
1. Updated Pediatric Dentistry Technology
Antiques can be charming in some settings, but they’re not appropriate in a dentist’s office. Technology has made it far easier for dentists to treat + examine patients.
Before you commit to a dentist, you should get confirmation that the practice has the right kind of gear in place. Equipment should be up to date, properly maintained + used by people who know exactly how to operate it.
Medical Futurist recommends that you should also keep tabs on developments in dental technology + inquire about when your child’s dentist will be implementing them.
2. Patient Education
Children have an innate sense of curiosity + visits to the dentist can be the perfect time to zero in on that. If they’re afraid of the dentist, it’s partly because they don’t know what to expect.
Your child’s dentist should be able to calm their fears through teaching. Bender Dental Care explains that thorough patient education leads to improved health + decreased anxiety.
In fact, the early trips to the dentists, starting anywhere from 12-18 months, is all about getting your child familiar with the dentist + the process. Children should to be guided through each step of the process + told why it’s occurring.
They should also be given tips they can bring home with them about dental hygiene + cavity prevention. This kind of transparency can make going to the dentist a much more enjoyable experience for your child.
A good bedside manner is something all doctors need to cultivate. No matter how much textbook knowledge they have, they won’t be as good as they should be unless they can relate to patients.
This is especially important when working with children because they can be easily frightened + frustrated by new situations. HealthyChildren.org explains that your child’s dentist should be able to gain your youngster’s trust + yours.
While your child might need some time to warm up to the dentist, you should be able to form an objective opinion rather quickly. Before scheduling an appointment, take the time to speak with the dentist one on one. Ask about the strategies employed for making patients comfortable + determine whether this environment the best fit for your child.
It can take time to find the right children’s dentist, but you won’t want to settle for someone who’s just good enough. You can do much better than that if you keep these requirements in mind as you research pediatric dental practices.
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Summer is the perfect time for families to try new kid-friendly outdoor activities. You can have fun + help develop your child’s mind, too. If you’re looking for creative activities that make the most of the warm weather, check out these 3 inspiring ideas.
#1 Dig for “Fossils”
Digging for “fossils” is the perfect activity for sunny days. Although it takes a bit of preparation on your part, your kids will long remember the fun they had with this activity.
Collect some plastic dinosaur toys + place them in shoe boxes filled with sand. Then, bury the shoe boxes in a sandbox or plastic swimming pool filled with sand. When the kids dig the “fossils” up, you can use it as an educational opportunity to teach them about different kinds of dinosaurs.
Alternatively, you could fill the boxes with other animal toys or treasures to delight your kids.
#2 Driveway Drive-In Movie
Watching a driveway drive-in movie is a memorable treat on a summer evening. Consider inviting other children in your neighborhood to attend + you may even want to build “cars” out of cardboard boxes for the children to use as movie seats.
In order to make sure things go smoothly, research what equipment you need ahead of time so that you can have everything ready. In particular, research the equipment you need to project the movie properly so that it can be seen easily.
You might need a screen + a special projector that could be purchased or rented from home-supply or electronics stores. To make the night truly festive, serve classic cinema treats, like pizza, popcorn, slushies or candy + include some healthy options, too.
#3 Scavenger Hunt
A summer scavenger hunt helps you + the kids get in more outdoor time in the backyard + it’s the type of activity that you can make as easy or as complex as you want. You can also adapt it to the amount of time you have available. Scavenger hunts have at least two teams; consider pairing up a parent with a child if you have young kids.
A scavenger hunt for children usually has a time limit of 15 or 20 minutes + teams are given a list of 10 to 15 items to find or things to do. To keep things simple, create the list from things that you already have in your backyard. For example, the team may need to find a smooth leaf or a pink flower. The team that finds the most items is declared the winner + awarded a small prize.
These easy activities can help you + your family have fun in your backyard this summer. Best of all, these ideas are mostly free + easy to set up. Have a wonderful summer!
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A trip to Disney World is a rite of passage for many families. The scope of a Disney vacation necessitates some advanced planning + preparation. To fully grasp the magic of Disney, here are 4 tips to keep you from going insane (in the membrane).
#1 Prepare Your Kids in Case They Get Lost
Disney is the happiest place on Earth + it’s all fun + games until someone ends up missing. A trip to Disney World can be overwhelming for young kids. The throngs of people increase the risk that your child may get lost.
It is a good idea to talk to your kids before the trip to equip them with the knowledge + tools that will help them stay safe if they become separated from you. Instruct them to find a Disney cast member if they get lost.
If your kids are older, you can find a landmark in each park to meet in the event that members of your party become separated.
#2 Choose Rides and Attractions Before Getting There
Disney World has four theme parks + two water parks. It’s a very large place + extremely easy to get overwhelmed. There are guides on the Internet to specific parks to check out that can help you devise a plan of attack.
Disney even has FastPass selections for rides + attractions ahead of time so you can skip ahead of the lines for your top ride selections.
#3 Make Advance Dining Reservations
Disney boasts a myriad of fun + unique dining experiences that you might not want to miss. From character dining to a host of ethnic foods, there is something for every taste + palette.
Many of the most popular restaurants book far in advance, which means you’re going to need to make your reservations ahead of your trip.
#4 Take Breaks
Taking afternoon breaks is an ideal way to beat the crowds + the heat. To get the most out of your park experience, head to the gates early in the morning when they open so that you can avoid the crowds that form later in the day.
Heading back to your hotel for an afternoon swim or nap can leave you feeling refreshed + ready to tackle an evening back at the parks.
With a little research + planning, you make the most out of your Disney adventure. A magical time awaits you if you follow these four pointers (but still leave room for spontaneity in your days)!
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Pet owners have an obligation to control their pets so that they do not bite anyone. However, pet owners are sometimes negligent + accidents do happen. Here are some things that you can do if a dog bites your child.
Seek Medical Treatment
CureJoy suggests that while you may think that a dog bite can heal on its own, it is better to get help as soon as possible. In a worst-case scenario, your child may need rabies treatments.
While that is unlikely, it is better to know upfront what you are facing. Many bites can fester before becoming infected if they are not treated appropriately. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The worst that happens is that you are out the time + possibly some money. However, either your insurance or the dog’s owner may cover the cost of the medical treatment .
Call the Police
You can then use this documentation as the basis to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit. You may have no other way of knowing whether a dog has bitten before or even whether it has been vaccinated except if you file a police report.
Additionally, if the owner knows that law enforcement is involved, it just might be the motivating factor to take the highest possible safety measures to make sure that the dog does not bite anyone else in the future.
Consider Legal Action
Ahlander Injury Law recommends that you might be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages + pain + suffering. The liability for a dog bite depends on the state in which the bite occurred.
In some jurisdictions, the dog’s owner will be liable for a dog bite no matter what. Other states assume that a dog is not dangerous until it bites a person once.
After that, the owner would be liable for any damages from pet bites. You should immediately consult a personal injury attorney to find out whether you would be entitled to compensation for the harm caused to your child.
While your child may be the victim of an aggressive dog, you can still take proactive steps to both protect your legal rights and ensure the safety of others in the future.
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As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your kids safe from outside dangers. But you may not have thought about the pests that can invade your home + make your kids sick. Find out about these three pests that you want to protect your kids from.
Fleas are an annoying little pest that you want to keep away from your kids. If you have pets, then it’s possible that they can bring fleas into your home.
But other animals, such as rodents + raccoons, can also drop off fleas into your space. Fleas might be tiny, but they carry several diseases + can cause allergies. And because they bite, fleas can irritate the skin + cause lesions.
You can get rid of fleas by treating your pets with flea prevention medications. Also, you can wash all your bedding + any other materials in very hot water. Thrifty Fun says that if your children have flea bites, there are many child-safe remedies you can use to soothe them.
Despite their name, bed bugs don’t just live in beds. According to Sage Pest Control, bed bugs crawl on the ceiling + are drawn to humans because they can sense carbon monoxide being exhaled (Oh joy!).
Then, they drop from the ceiling + begin to feed on human blood (The joy continues!). Their bites leave itchy welts + many people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the bed bug as it feeds.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, then make sure you call a professional. They can use heat treatments + other methods to help protect your kids from bed bugs.
Lastly, another pest you need to protect your kids from is the flying kind. Pigeons may seem harmless, but they can actually make your kids sick.
The droppings that pigeons leave behind can contain a wide range of different diseases that can be transmitted to people, including E. Coli, encephalitis + histoplasmosis, which is a respiratory disease.
Pigeons are also known to carry fleas. While nesting around your house, pigeons can leave droppings in the areas where your kids play, such as playground equipment, enclosed screened patios + other areas. If you have pigeons hanging around, then a pest control expert can help humanely trap them or take steps to pigeon-proof your home.
Keeping your kids safe + healthy means protecting them against these household pets. We also recommend that you seek the help of professionals if you have an infestation of any kind that you haven’t been able to deal with on your own.
Experts can help you to eradicate these pests so that your kids don’t suffer from any of the diseases or irritants they carry.
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There used to be the belief that women could either get an education + work or be mothers. However, more + more women are pursuing degrees along with raising their children.
Some might have been in college but put their degrees on hold to start a family. If you’re a mom looking to earn or complete your degree, these are some tips to help you get back into the college world.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
College can be difficult, but it’s much easier if you can stay focused on your ultimate goal: getting your diploma. Whenever you’re feeling reluctant to study or to complete an assignment, remind yourself that everything you do well in college brings you one step closer to that goal.
You can also keep yourself in the present by focusing on one semester at a time. When you’re in the clear for one semester, you can feel relief + move onto the next one.
The long-term financial benefits for moms getting that degree are a pretty good motivator, too. Goal setting can keep you going on a path of determination.
Get Ready for a Lot of New Technology
Depending on how long you’ve been out of school, you might find yourself downright stymied by all the changes in technology. Moms should know that the modern classroom is very technology focused.
You should also know that anyone who is willing to learn can benefit from technology. You can submit assignments more easily + have more interactive instruction thanks to technology.
Don’t feel ashamed about asking for additional help. Your instructors will be happy to teach you all sorts of new tricks if you need it.
Keep Your Course Load Reasonable
In order to keep up the balance between parenting + college, you need to have a schedule that’s manageable. Consider your work + family schedules + how your class schedule could be designed around it.
You might have to take a bit longer to earn your degree by being enrolled part time. You also might have to schedule classes early in the day, such as when your kids are at daycare or preschool. Take the time to develop a schedule that works best for your needs.
Don’t let yourself be duped into thinking that college is only for younger people without children. A college education is for anyone who’s interested in learning and receiving a diploma.
As a mom, you’ve already proven yourself as someone who can take on a challenge + multi-task. Bring that confidence with you into the classroom + you’ll be a great success in college.
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Moving with kids is no picnic. It’s stressful for everyone, but if your little ones are especially little, it’s particularly tough.
When you’re frazzled from a long day of packing, being emotionally present for tots who need attention is the last thing on your mind. However, for a smooth move, it’s essential for the entire family to stay sane.
Whether you’re going across the country or down the road, here are three tips to make a move with young ones a little easier.
Prep Meals Ahead of Time
When half the house is in boxes, it’s not easy to produce quality meals + still have time for the rest of what’s on your to-do list. Before moving week, fill the freezer with your family’s favorite meals.
Kid-friendly casseroles are a good choice, but you can also prepare containers of essential ingredients that can be combined to make a variety of different dinners. A tub of diced chicken + bags of cut vegetables can make salads, soups, stir-fries + pasta dishes.
The time you save on meal prep gives you back the hours you need to give the little ones the attention they deserve.
Ask for Help
With a pizza here + a favor there, family + friends may be happy to help you move. If you can’t gather enough troops for the job, using a moving company reduces stress when it comes to moving with small children. You’ll have more time to help them adjust to the transition while knowing your belongings are in safe + capable hands.
Give Kids Something to Do
Kids like to be involved. You don’t have to let them pack the china, but letting them box up some of their own things keeps them distracted + helps them feel like they’re part of the process.
Give them each a box for the personal items they’ll want on the first night in their new home + let them decorate the box for fun. They’ll feel like they contributed + finding the teddy bear or other treasures when you get to your destination will be a cinch.
Moving with young children is a challenge, but with planning, it’s not impossible. If you get your kids involved + you ask for help, you’ll be sure to have a more enjoyable experience.
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Your vehicle remains one of the most dangerous places for your children. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), auto accidents are the number one cause of unintentional deaths among children.
Despite this fact, going without your vehicle is probably not an option. There are, however, several things you can do to keep your children safe in the car and reduce their risk of injury.
Get Rid of Distractions
Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year.
When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, get rid of distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving + never apply makeup while you’re on the road.
Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year. When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, be sure to rid yourself of any distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving and never apply makeup while you’re on the road.
Properly restraining your kids while driving is not just the law; it’s also the best safety measure you can take to protect your children while they’re on the road. No matter how big or small a car accident, kids seat belts help to mitigate the risk of head injuries.
These devices do not prevent all injuries, but they do moderate the possibility or severity of an injury. Infants + toddlers should be placed in an age-appropriate car seat + young school-age children can use a booster seat.
Only when your child reaches the age or weight set by your specific state can you allow your kids to use a seat belt without a car seat or booster seat.
It’s crucial that you check to make sure your child is properly buckled in before driving. Correct seating can help to protect your kiddo in the event of an accident. It’s important to remember that using car seats, booster seats + kids’ seat belts help mitigate the risk of head injury or other traumas.
Door + Window Locks
Many vehicles today come with child safety locks for the doors. You can find this device on the inner frame of your door, which is only accessible when the door is ajar.
Turning the mechanism to the safely locked position makes it impossible for your child to open the door while you are driving. You can control your vehicle window locks with the button panel on the driver’s door. Keeping both windows + doors locked while driving can help to prevent accidental injuries + keep your kids safe.
When driving with your kids in the back seat, you should always take extra precautions to protect them. Following these tips could potentially help to reduce the risk of being in an auto accident or minimize the severity of your child’s injuries if that situation should occur.
The safety of your children on the road is well worth the few extra steps it takes to protect them.
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