Balancing Work and Mother Duties

Tashawna - posted on 04/04/2014 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I work from home and I find it hard to continuously follow a schedule for my daughter and I. I am currently building a business, so that requires me to go out and network, do follow ups as well as presentations. Most of the time my daughter has to go with me, throwing off our schedule. What can I do to find more balance?

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Crazy Wrap - posted on 04/11/2014

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Oh I so know how this works! I love my It Works distributing but I agree bringing my son to appointments is crazy and replying to emails while trying to play is crazy too! So it is late at night now and my son is resting on my lap as I type! I balance my schedule like this customers that need me to come see them I book when my hubby can watch my son for a short period of time or when he is out of town and I need to book I just book times that fall after meals! I always make sure my son is well fed and hydrated before appointments! I go to the dollar store and pick out a quite toy for him to take to my appointment or I let him play on a tablet during the appointment but most of all I make sure my clients work around my time because this is my business and the reason I joined was to have more time with my child the time goes by so fast! Plus teach them while they are young! At home I have Crafts! Games! Movies! Snacks and Meals! to keep him busy while I am doing follow ups but I always schedule it after some good fun play time :)

Madeleine - posted on 06/06/2014

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Good for you, and shame on the responders who are discouraging you from doing this namely Jodi and Alice G. It takes time to generate income from a new business, and you have to spend money to make money. Go back to the Victorian era when women didn't start businesses.

It takes time to generate income from a new business, and you have to spend money to make money. I have a similar setup myself. I use a babysitting service with a minimal fee (they background check) while the sitter cost is variable, so you are not stuck with a huge monthly daycare tuition. I book the sitter when I have to go to a conference or meeting. Kids know mommy is working.

Karen - posted on 09/01/2014

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I worked from home all the years of my second child's need. I had to learn how to do it well just like I had to learn to balance my outside jobs for my first child. My boss decided when he was available. I had to adapt to that. Now, I was the boss and had to learn how to use that power to benefit myself and children like I hoped for. So, here's what I learned. I had to have strict reliable work times my child could count on to happen each and every day. I had to teach her so she could help me. We both had lunch together. She went to playschool 2 afternoons and then 2 full days. My hardest lesson to learn was to quit working. I quit doing work at 5 everyday so we could get supper by 6 pm. I let her needs help me take care of me and to live a better balanced life.
I had to learn to own my business instead of my business owning me. I learned no one who truly respects me, expects me to be available on their demand. Tough reality, but reality.

Becky - posted on 07/29/2014

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Hi Tashawana:

Finding balance is really tough as a working SAHM. Especially when your kids are still young and not yet in school. If you have school aged kids, it helps to be able to coordinate your schedule based on their school day.

I have two boys who are in school now and one thing I do is plan ahead for when they have days off or early releases from school. That way I can coordinate meetings and errands that don't conflict with those days.

I subscribe to my kids' academic calendars on my smartphone so their schedule is synced with my own. You can find these calendars at the website below if you are interested. www.smartcal.it

Hope things get easier for you!
Becky

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Kimberly - posted on 09/04/2014

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Hi Tashawna,
I am not sure what sort of business it is. Are you able to do more online rather than going out. If you would like to go down that path I can certainly help. One thing I learnt when starting my business and it may feel strange and not make logical sense, but book your family schedule in first and then schedule you business around it. Here to help if you need.

Patience - posted on 08/28/2014

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I am also a mother of two and a government worker, I have to wake up very early, preparing their meals, after send them to school before going to work. am always later to work, I have to pick them after school. it not easily, by waking up early will help.

Dhanya - posted on 07/28/2014

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Hi Tashwana,

Myself a mother of two and currently on my 34th week expecting my third. I have found a very successful means of earning some extra pocket money buy staying in house with my kids. if you are interested please send me a mail at dhanyashanker2002@yahoo.com and I shall send you the link.

regards
dhanya

Jodi - posted on 06/25/2014

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Hi Tashawna: I too have a home based Newtwork Marketing Business that requires networking, meeting with people in person or via phone calls and lots of follow up. Not to mention the others on my team who require my support. So I would say that Ellisa and Wanjiku have given you the best feedback. Recently I have had to discover a balance and set boundaries for my time as well. It is easy to allow our business to take over especially since the phone is with us 24/7 as is the internet, so we can be connected all the time.

Someone I know suggested two things for me, please allow me to share:
1. Set official Business hours and include these in your email signature so that your clients/prospects/customers are aware. This will also enable you to then hire a sitter for those set times
2. During Non Business hours, you can have message on your voice mail indicating that you are currently out and that you will return during the follow hours, and you can also put this on a automatic replay for your email.

Basically setting the boundaries and informing your customers or team members of expectations.

Hope this helps
Jodi Silverman
Senior Director Stream Energy/Ignite
Helping many achieve their personal and financial goals throughout Network Marketing.

Lina - posted on 06/19/2014

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You could check out the local council or neighbourhood house for some care options. My daughter is in family day care full time - the cost is much lower than childcare centres and your child buids relationship wiyh the carer over time, so they becomelike family. But you do need to put them in on a regular basis eg 1-2 full days a week. Whereas my local neighbourhood house runs care that on as need booking basis - a few hours a week when you need to attend meetings etc. Hope you can work out a suitable arrangement to both work and look after your child.

Ellisa - posted on 06/10/2014

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I commend you for starting a business! I know you are hoping it will give you some financial freedom to be with your daughter more. I know that's why I started my business. One thing I'm learning is to block time and schedule as much of my life as possible. You need to have business operating hours.

The biggest thing is Plan your work, and Work your plan...be consistent. Wish you all the best!

Tashawna - posted on 05/28/2014

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I have to stay home with my child currently because of daycare costs. Since I have made this post my family members are helping me more often since they know my passion is to be an entrepreneur.

AliceG - posted on 05/27/2014

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Is this your only income? If so, can you change the work you're doing it and do something else for a while, something that will help you get by while you're the mother of your child??
Do you have any relatives -- grandma, aunt, etc. - who can take care of your daughter while you're at work?
Is it absolutely mandatory that you work instead of taking care of your child?
Parenting comes first, you know. Anything else can be replaceable.

Tashawna - posted on 05/18/2014

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Thank you for all your helpful suggestions, and plan to use the helpful tips here!

Wanjiku - posted on 04/09/2014

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get someone to watch your baby for 4 hours a day, as you run your business meetings. You could also schedule all your meetings on two days a week and book her into a day care for this two days.

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