Raising children is a full time job. Raising children on top of holding down a part-time job (or jobs!) from home means life is often chaotic, stressful, extremely fast-paced, but all around rewarding. For some, holding down a side job while being a stay at home mom means bringing in extra income needed for day to day life. For others, it’s a form of holding onto one’s self – the part of yourself that holds onto childhood dreams, career aspirations, and passions outside the realm of child-rearing. It’s a part of how we stay whole, and albeit sometimes arguably, sane.
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These days, most of us find that whether we work out of an office or stay home with the kids, we’re all doing some form of “work” beyond parenting. Between blogging, shop-from-home retail shops, and various other endeavors, the modern mom is keeping busy to make extra money to support her family. Unfortunately, that often means that we must find creative ways to get the job done without a permanent work space. A mobile office is no longer just an option, it’s the norm.
With that in mind, today we’re unpacking 10 tips for making the most out of our time and space while working on-the-go.
- an ambitious, highly driven, fierce, and outspoken mother who gets the job done, whether that job is being a homemaker, a stay at home mom, a career woman, a working mom, or a momtrepreneur.
Raise your hand if you have the t-shirt, or at least the blood, sweat, and tears that earn you the t-shirt. These days, women get.shit.done. But, we don’t do it alone. Every single day, that one loyal companion is always by our side, providing us with everything we need to keep hustlin’. You know who that is… your bag. The deep, filled to the brim hole that holds your entire life up by two leather straps. It’s time to chat about what essentials a #momboss truly needs in her purse, because a successful woman knows what’s needed and what she can leave behind. Let that deep business-savvy truth sink in for a second, then flip your purse upside down and start purging. Just be sure to keep…
It’s probably one of the most searched subjects in Pinterest, and that’s merely a guess based on the incredibly high number of posts advertising easy money from home. Bringing home the bacon while being able to also stay home with your children is a win-win in everyone’s eyes. Whether you took an income loss by leaving your full time job to stay home or your family could use a little extra income to play with, bringing in some money can add to your overall feeling of security when your current job is raising your children — which we all know is the hardest job, boasting no pay, but high rewards. But, what if you could spend your time at home with your kids doing something you love anyway, with the added bonus of making some money from it? There are so many sites and opportunities to showcase your hidden talents, your inherited skills, and your passionate hobbies that can make bringing in some money from home worth it from all aspects.
It’s no secret that the United States’ maternity leave laws are some of the worst in the world. New mothers barely have time to get settled into their new lives as sleep-deprived and exhausted parents before they are shuffled back into the working world. Oftentimes their partners get very little to no time away from work to help the recovery process, leaving the vulnerable state of a new mom’s physical and emotional well-being at stake. It is a stressful time in which many parents feel goes by way too fast.
During those six to eight weeks that women are generally given by employers for maternity leave in the US, most parents are struggling to stay afloat. Sleep is rare and spit-up is aplenty. You are eating standing up while bouncing a baby, hoping that a shower is in your future. Your entire routine has been shaken up, and nothing is about you anymore. It’s about this tiny little person you are holding, who is possibly screaming in your ear that he/she wants to eat for the twelfth time that day. Any new parent on maternity leave will tell you it’s stressful, exhausting, overwhelming, and scary. No one thinks that maternity leave is a vacation from work. Well, no one except this woman.
“Now, is not my time. Now, is their time.”
Those are the words that I have rehearsed over and over. Words that at times, I struggle to adhere to, to even desire. Some days I am able to fully convince myself that those words couldn’t be more true, yet I still struggle with an inner dialogue that says time is passing me by.
It wasn’t always that way. I worked for the first 9 months after my first child was born. I had always heard that dropping them off with the sitter would get easier, but it never did. When I finally got the chance to scale back my work hours to part-time, then part-time from home, I jumped on it. I was so excited to finally be a stay at home mom, thinking I could finally have it all.
It’s been said to be the best of both worlds — being able to work from home while also being home with your children each day. In fact, the option is so popular that Pinterest has hundreds of “work from home” pins geared towards moms; not to mention the explosive boom of multi-level marketing companies popping up ALL over social media. If you dare to go on Facebook, you’ll mostly find another invite to an online party or a newsfeed full of your friends earnestly trying to bring in some form of income all while staying at home with their children. To be able to make money from the comfort of your own home while raising your children each day has become the “ideal” situation, and while it certainly has its perks, there are many obstacles to overcome to make the new venture worth your sanity and time. To help you navigate the home office stress-free, we’ve come up with the 7 best ways to prevent the stress of being a work at home mom.
Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.
There are certain moments in our children’s everyday that we might overlook when it comes to photographing them. It’s easy to pull out the camera for the big events or special milestones, but what about those precious daily moments?
Here are five sweet and simple moments in your child’s day that deserve a little extra attention with your camera just this once. We take you from sunrise to sunset for a look at your child’s full day in five touching photos.