7 Time Management Tips for Work-At-Home Moms

I didn't choose to become a work-a-home mom almost 10 years ago, but it's turned out to function as a great fit for our family. I've had readers ask me how I manage to do it all and make time for my family. The ugly truth is: I don’t do it all. You should see the state of my kitchen. Okay, maybe you shouldn't look at the mound of dirty dishes or the piles of clean laundry waiting to be folded. Being a work-at-home mom allows me to drop my kids at the bus stop and greet them when they step off the bus. Plus I'm pretty happy with my office dress code: jeans and a cute top....more
Be flexible, I would have to agree with this and I would like to ...more

How Productive Is Your Productivity?

Several weeks ago, I went to the library with my son. While he stood in line to retrieve his prize for participating in a program, I went to retrieve a prize of my own: The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss. I went to the clerk’s desk for assistance:Me: I’d like to check if you have a book here.Clerk: Sure, I can assist you with that! What’s the name of the book?Me: The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss....more
Great insights, Stephanie- I too don't implement all of the ideas and strategies that Tim ...more

It's Not Your Kids That Make You Time-Starved: It's Your Spouse

So much for you and your marriage partner working together to share the burdens of family life, regardless of who does what or how much. Turns out that it's actually married moms who are feeling the stress and pull of time starvation the most, not single moms, according to a new survey about the growing segment of "breadwinner moms" around the world, released yesterday by global communications firm Ketchum, in partnership with BlogHer. ...more
I've always said that a woman can have a full-time job, a spouse, and kids, but she can't have ...more

I'm Jealous of Your Noisy, Messy Days.

There are a lot of moms and dads on Facebook, posting updates that chronicle their parental struggles- kids misbehaving, making too much noise or mess, fighting with siblings, refusing to get ready for school.My house is relatively quiet. There are no noisy arguments or fighting between siblings. On school mornings, I don't feel like I'm pulled in 5 directions. I don't have to nag at everyone to get ready. And if I forgot to take the bento container out of A's lunchbox last night, no stress- I have an extra in the cabinet....more

Three Keys to Happiness

 I’ve been thinking and reading quite a bit about the Secrets to Happiness. Some say there is no secret. WebMD has an interesting list  that includes a sense of purpose, a sense of self, and more. I agree that all of those are important, but worrying about being happy is a luxury that not everyone has. We who are lucky enough to have a source of income and shelter are far luckier than many around us....more

On being bigger than your body

I was just sitting on my couch, crying.My Tiny Human turns 4 years old tomorrow and her birthday party was today.When I was younger; before I was married or moved away from my home, I dreamed of what I would do with my soul. I always would imagine myself moving across the sea to a country that needed help; I would help raise baby apes, I would be the people on those YouTube videos hugging grateful lions. That is the kind of life I always imagined for myself as a child. I imagined a large life with a large expanse and a large feeling of constant validation....more

Changing not Exchanging

Dear Friends,What gift will we exchange this year?Give me the gift of your time, that's all I want. We don't need to talk about the crazy people you work with and what you'd really like to say to them or the latest buzz in the entertainment world. Let's talk about our friendship.Let's talk about what we'd like to bring into our lives in the coming months. We have all lost something this year, ...more

Shed the Tyranny of the To Do List

Recently a client admitted to falling back into an old undesirable habit. Ashley had once again become a tyrant at home. She was obsessed with the cleanliness of her house. She worried about getting things done on time. She stopped interacting with her family. The only time she spoke to them was when she was barking out an order or reprimanding when something was not done correctly or on time. Ashley was obsessed with her to-do list. She was frantic to complete each item. She was becoming very stressed by all she wanted to complete....more

Someplace Else

Most days are good days. I find my zone fairly early, and I write while the kids are at school so that I can pay the rent and buy the groceries and shop for the non-sparkly shoes. I am happy to see them walk through the door at half past three, listen to Erin tell me in great detail how her classes were and what she and her friends ate at lunch, and try like hell to nudge Nicholas to say more than ‘ugh’ and ‘I guess.’...more

Patriotism does not equal religion.

I’m proud to be Scottish. People may question that, as I have actively chosen not to live in Scotland and spent time in America and Australia however, as it stands. I love Scotland. Like most Scots, in Scotland or expats, all it takes is to hear bagpipes, Flower of Scotland, or Dougie McLeans Caledonia and my heart wells with pride; I feel emotional, I feel centuries worth of fighting, of hardships and ultimately the heart of a nation. Scotland doesn't have an official national anthem. As part of the UK, God Save The Queen is "our" anthem....more

Day 22 NaBloPoMo: Christmas Decorations Before Thanksgiving

I am one for timely holidays.  I think we should celebrate the holidays in the order they come, but lights out here in the middle of everywhere are very popular.  Even other religions are finding ways to light up yard either through landscaping lights, fall colors, or designer white or ice blue lights to signify winter or the New Year.  Why?I took this picture at 5:34 this evening.  If we were on fake time, it would be 6:34. ...more

Today I realized I was a controlling wife..in a not good way

 You know you may be too controlling when you are listening to a “How to be a better father” podcast and trying to figure out how to apply it towards your parenting as a momma.As I was listening to the daily Podcast from Focus on the Family instead of thinking,  “Oh I should let my husband listen to this” I was thinking,”Oh good tip, how can I implement that in my parenting.”...more

Just One Quiet Hour for Mompreneurs

One of the biggest dilemmas work from home mothers have is time.  Not necessarily the time to do their work but the time to gather their thoughts and get organized for the work day.I posted on my Facebook Page this question:...more