I have been a bit skeptical of new apps that promise to make your life easier. I don’t know, I guess I just feel like learning how to use a new app and then having to find it on my phone whenever I need it just sounds like a lot of work. But I’m coming around to appreciate (even LOVE) certain apps because they really do simplify things.
Four years ago, when I was pregnant with my first baby, I had this little inkling in the back of my mind that I really would be happier working part-time once baby was born. The problem was that I did not want to simply give up my career and look for an entry-level or low-skill part-time job.
Finding a great daycare or preschool is like finding gold. And it can take a lot of time investigating, touring, interviewing many candidates before you find one you truly trust. Take it from me – all daycares and preschools are NOT created equal!
We found a wonderful daycare when I was pregnant with Little Miss S (my oldest). They are nationally accredited, they’ve achieved the highest level of a state-wide certification program, their teachers are degreed and receive continuing education, they provide excellent and loving care AND a fantastic early education experience. We always feel comfortable and welcome to drop in at any time and our kids LOVE it there. [Read more…]
When I left my corporate gig to become a work-at-home mom 3 years ago, I knew I was entering new and unfamiliar territory. Something in my gut told me that it was entirely possible – despite what many of my colleagues and professional acquaintances believed – and that it was the right thing for my family. But I didn’t really know where to begin.
Actually, that’s not true. I had no trouble starting my business. I wrote my business plan, set up an LLC, had my logo and business cards designed, and had my website designed and built. I knew what my services were; I knew who my audience was; and I knew who I needed to network with.
But when it came to actually doing work from home, balancing work with family life, and doing it all in a healthy and sustainable way, I was pretty clueless. [Read more…]
I want to start out by saying that I’ve always thought the term “Work at Home Mom” was strange because, well, don’t ALL moms work at home? I think the term “Stay at Home Mom” is strange too because I know not a single mom who truly stays at home, even if she doesn’t have a wage-paying job.
Anyway, semantics aside. Today’s tips are for those moms who are in the fortunate situation of having a wage-paying job that they can do from home. Working from home has its many blessings and many challenges. Flexibility, no need to commute, wearing slippers come to mind, as do the risk of getting side tracked with housework and the expectation others may have that you are always “on duty”. [Read more…]