I’m a part-time WAHM.
I’m still trying to get used to the idea because for a long time I was a FULL TIME SAHM.
Before #3 came along, I decided to get a part-time job which made me a work-outside-of-the-home mom.
Then, a couple of years ago I started my own photography business and became a WAHM (even though I kept my PT outside gig).
Only recently have I become the most sought-after lifestyle photographer in Maryland has business started to pick-up a bit.
Right around the time that I picked up an additional part-time gig as a blogger.
That I do from home.
Why am I talking in circles here?
Because I’m a loquacious over-sharer.
I’m getting to the point, I swear.
And that is that, with my part-time out of the house job, my part-time in the house job, blogging, my photography business, mediocre mommying, and wifing when I flippin’ feel like it, I’m one busy lady!
With little time for annoying stuff that has to be done around the house (aka laundry, sweeping, mopping, and the like) or fun relaxing stuff I want to do (aka taking The Dudes to the lake, going on walks with The Dudes, an packing The Dudes bags so they can go to Mimi’s for the weekend while I sleep).
So, how do I create work-life balance?
Um, by being awesome, duh.
Basically, in conjunction with NEVER sleeping and begging Mimi to have mercy on me, I sorta-kinda-sometimes-when-I-remember do the following…
Dumb Mom’s Guide to Ignoring Your Kids While You Manage a Successful Work-At-Home Career
1. Get an easy job. This way, on the days when your nagging, hungry, fighting, whining, crying little people won’t leave you alone you can ignore your nagging, hungry, fighting, whining, crying little boss in their favor.
2. Pawn your kids. On other people. SAHM’s are the best candidates for this. At least, that’s what I recall about being a SAHM; other people always calling me, at the last minute to pick up, drop off, or otherwise engage their children. You know, because as a SAHM all I did all day was eat bon-bons. Riiiiight.
3. Bribery. My favorite bribery laden phrase that has saved pretty much every weekday this summer: If you watch TV/get yourselves breakfast/play on the porch without fighting/screaming/yelling/kicking a hole in your brother’s abdomen we can go to the lake/pool/park/other outdoor free event that you have been begging me to go to for weeks. Works. Like. A. Charm!
4. Manage your time. And your space. I have become master of the space-time continuum since school let out for the summer. Which, in non time-traveling movie lover speak means, I have a work space set up to allow me to monitor my work AND engage The Dudes pretty well a lot of time. I’m not always 100% committed to my schedule, but I make it a point to map out my schedule for the week and then stick to it as much as possible, making sure to leave room for impromptu trips to the library pool completely air conditioned ice cream shop I like to frequent. Because they make me, of course.
5. Relax. The best part about working from home and owning my own business is that I get to set my schedule the way I want. Some days I absolutely have to get some work done, and on those days I call the best freakin’ babysitter on the planet(aka Mimi) to come in and do her Mary Poppins thang with The Dudes. But, other days I’m able to be more flexible which is the best part of being home. That, and the bon-bons!
Have some Mom Tips to share this Tuesday?
Be my guest…