Last Updated October 23rd, 2006

Making the Time for Good Eating Habits in the Morning

One of the advantages of being an at-home parent is how much more time you have to do things with your family. There’s no rushing about trying to get everyone out the door first thing in the morning, clean and neat and well fed.

Yeah, right. Except when school’s in session.

In my opinion, in many ways it is harder for stay at home parents to get their kids going on school mornings. Not due to any particular failure on their part, but simply because many of them don’t have a morning routine. When the kids aren’t in school there’s little need for one. No rush for both mom and dad to get ready while the children do the same. It makes it a little more challenging sometimes.

But a good morning routine is very helpful, especially when it comes to encouraging good eating habits. Breakfast is a meal very easily skipped, despite its importance.

Routines will vary from family to family, but the most important point to consider here is the need to leave enough time for everyone to get breakfast. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated October 14th, 2006

Working at Home Gets Hectic Sometimes

Working at home is a dream situation for many people. The ability to be there for your family, avoid that miserable commute, be your own boss… lots of people would love that situation.

What many fail to think about, however, is what it really takes to work at home. Being at home often gets hectic. The kids are demanding, every little problem in the house needs attention, there’s the temptation to do housework instead of paying work or worse yet, to just watch television.

I’ve dealt with plenty of challenges as I’ve worked at home. The biggest was when my son had surgery for craniosynostosis, and then had at least two helmet checks per week, plus surgical followups and regular checkups. Hectic didn’t begin to describe it. But can you imagine how hard it would have been to cope if I had been working outside the home? Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated September 22nd, 2006

Too Busy for Housework?

Some days it’s just about impossible to get it all done. Between taking care of the kids and working at home, running errands and so forth, getting time to do some plain old housecleaning is pretty difficult. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible.

Take a look at your expectations of yourself. Remembering that being a stay at home mom is the equivalent of two full time jobs, plus any work at home job or home business you may have, chances are your life is quite busy. A perfect house each and every day may be a bit much to ask of yourself.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t keeping a clean house. It can mean knowing how much mess to cope with when more important things are stacking up.

What matters most to you in keeping your house clean. Obviously, keeping a sanitary kitchen is a very high priority, but other priorities can be more by personal preference. Some feel the need to vacuum daily, while others can let it go longer.

One of my favorite tricks is to simply not try to get it all done in one shot. Five minutes here, ten there and you get a lot done throughout the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated September 5th, 2006

Work at Home Mom Mistakes

One annoyance many work at home moms have to deal with is that many people simply don’t take them seriously. It can be frustrating when people assume what you do is nothing more than a hobby.

Of course, much of why there is this stereotype is simply because some work at home moms don’t take their job or business seriously. They don’t take the time to balance their work commitments with their parenting duties. While this is, indeed, quite the challenge, it is a very important balance to keep.

I think a part of why work at home jobs are so hard to find is that companies are justifiably concerned that work at home employees may not take the job as seriously as they would if they had to go in to an office. It takes a special person to cope with the many distractions at home and still do a professional job. Quite simply, not every mom is up to it.

Similarly, it’s very easy for new home business owners to excuse their behavior by saying it’s “just” a home business. They’ll use family as an excuse for why they can’t meet commitments or don’t take proper care of their customers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated July 12th, 2006

Time Scheduling Help

One way to keep your days a little more organized is to keep a written schedule. The exact form this should take depends on what you think will work for you. There’s no point in taking all the time to write up your schedule if you aren’t going to pay any attention to it. A wall calendar, day planner or even a dry erase board can work, depending on how you use it.

Start out by writing in all your current obligations. This includes doctor’s appointments, children’s activities, home business or job obligations and so forth. Write these out for however far out you have them Make sure you include the time for each and how long you expect it to take.

Now take a look at how you would like your day to go. You can make a general schedule for the things you do every day, but make sure you adjust it for the things you only do some days.

When you have kids, make sure you include them in your time scheduling. You need to have time enough that you aren’t rushing them everywhere they need to be. You should also include enough flexibility to be a little spontaneous with your kids. Who wants to say “no” to playing with their kids just because their schedule says it’s time to clean the cat box?

Make your calendar out loosely or strict, depending on your own personal style. Some people like to plan it all out, down to the time they spend on each kind of housework, while others would rather just list the kinds of housework they need to get done each day, and let it take the time it needs.

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