Saturday, June 15, 2013

Eight Tips For Work At Home Parents

1. Create A Routine

A schedule that doesn't fit your family's needs will never meet your needs. This is something I neglected and wish I would've done it sooner. Not only do children respond better to routine, but you can get a lot done when your kids are on a schedule. As much as a kid may hate it they need it, and so do we. 

  • This will ensure that you can tend to other responsibilities outside your work
  • A great way to shift your focus on chores, spending time with the kids, and maintaining time for yourself.
2. Don't Let Work Consume Your Life

It's so easy to find yourself spending a lot of time in your work, especially if you've just started working from home. When I began working from home, I was excited about building my business that I began to overwhelm myself. Soon after I stayed up late trying to make everything perfect, and learn everything I could. Doing this led to me losing communication and experiencing a social life. 
We're not made to sit at a desk all day. 

  • Take your kids to the park
  • Schedule lunch with a friend
  • Have a girl/guy night out
  • Catch a movie 
3. Constantly Analyze Your Progress

"Are you being productive," is a question I constantly ask myself during work hours. I have to catch myself wasting time organizing e-mails, playing with the kids, or on Facebook.

Ask yourself this question from time to time. It's a great reminder to stay on track, and maintain good productivity.

  • Set your own goals
  • Think of any problems you may be having and come up with a solution 
  • Create quotas for yourself

4. Network, communicate, and befriend other work from home parents.

This is a great way to meet other parents, as well as share and grow your business. You can also learn about the many other available work at home opportunities and business.

  • Join work at home & parenting groups 
  • Reach out to others 
  • Join online communities for parents & work at home parents
  • Join hangouts & conference calls with people who share common interests.
5. Reserve time for your Family 

Don't just reserve time when you have time, always make time. It's so important to spend personal time with our family time goes by so quickly, take time for your family. It's easy to get caught up with work, and our everyday lives, but it's a necessity to invest time the people that make up our homes.

6. Supermom & Superdad is just a myth! Accept it.

Parenting is a lot in itself, when you add in work, and all our other responsibilities. It's no wonder we try to do it all. 

When I first started working from home I tried to everything.  I had to discover that it's never going to be all done. If you take one thing off your to-do list tow more things come.

A friend came to me, and told me that I wasn't much fun to be around. I stayed irritable from having so much to do, tired from not getting enough sleep, and moody from never feeling like I was accomplishing anything. Who would've guessed that I get more done now than ever!   The best part about it is I don't overwork myself when I'm tired, I rest.

Let your batteries recharge, your work will be there tomorrow.

7. Create a.............. night
  • Movie 
  • Taco 
  • Party 
  • Sleep Over 
  • Game
  • Family 
  • Theme
Fill in the blank, whatever is suitable for you and your family. Creating something for you and your family to do together will bring a lot of fun into your home. 

I love to have movie nights!
I'll get all kinds of snacks and foods for the kids and I to have that night. (I definitely avoid sugary snacks, I don't want our movie night to last all night!) Once the snacks are out, I'll grab their toy box so they can pick out whatever toys they want to play with. Once the movie starts we're all snacking on some of our favorite foods, while they play with their toys. If we make it to a second movie, I'll put the toys up and we'll snuggle up and talk about the movie until we doze off. 

8. Keep your health a top priority

A healthy body is truly relaxing to the mind, making it easier to go back and conquer that project you've been working on all day. If you're feeling a little sluggish, mind clouded, or having difficulty working a trip to the gym can do you some justice. Besides, we have to be in top shape to maintain our homes, families, etc.

Friday, June 14, 2013

This M.I.A. Momma Is Back!!

A couple of weeks ago, I became seriously ill.

With my business growing, and taking care of my kids full-time, I've been very neglectful with going to the gym! This led to me having the bright idea of changing up my workout routine so I could get back on track.
The next day after doing this new workout I never felt so weak in my life. My body ached with what seemed to be a traveling pain. Luckily, I've officially gained all my strength back, but I'm still just as behind with my exercises, and even more behind with work.

With this irritating thought, I decided the first thing I wanted to do was make up the time I didn't spend with my kids.
So I took them to a community book parade! I know what you're thinking! Really? A book parade.

 I only spent five dollars, and got a huge amount of books that are in excellent condition. 

My mom came over early, and we got the kids dressed. We got there just in time to watch the band set up, and perform. It was such a beautiful day, the weather was great, and I was finally back to my healthy self.
Local school band performing!

The step team was fantastic!
Kids with Talent

There were so many parents out cheering on their children, and I was just as loud. You would have thought my kids were out there performing, it felt so great to be back on my feet!

The parade lasted about thirty minutes, once it ended, they began the book sale!
All the books were five or ten cents a piece. This was my first year attending this event, so I wasn't sure what to expect with the kinds of books offered.

When they did allow us to see all the books available, I was far from disappointed. I don't think anyone was, people hogged counters, and stuffed their bags with books. There was also an even greater amount of little kids but after fifteen minutes, they were off enjoying the moon bounce and face painting.

My daughter spent a majority of her time hiding from a lion character that was there. I saw her at the beginning of the parade, she was latched onto my mom like a cat. It was a sight to see! I asked her what was wrong, but then she latched to my face.  My mom then explained to me that they had a Lion, and I explained to her my daughters fear of masks.
She was so terrified, she held on to my face so tight, I began to sweat. I had to practically peel her off of me. Once she ran off with my mom I didn't see her until it was time to go.

My son had hot dogs and walked around with a friend of mine's sister.  She picked out books with him, then ended the parade with them taking a picture with the Lion.  Of course my daughter was no where to be found.

Once we went home they went through their growing book collection, and I even added a few to mine.

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