Balancing Kids, Life, And Your Business

Balancing kids, life, and your home business can be overwhelming at times. I coach many stay at home moms who become discouraged because they feel there isn’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything they need to. Understandably so! While the role of maid, mom, chef, chauffeur, wife, and business owner can be a lot to handle all at once, there is good news… it can be done!

Managing your time and planning out your day is crucial to successfully balancing everything, but don’t be surprised if your “plan” doesn’t go the way you want it to everyday. As a mom, you know your children have a schedule of their own, just realizing that and working around that will help you tremendously.

Here are a few tips that may help you in balancing kids, life, and your home business. Implement these into your daily schedule and remember to not get discouraged if your plan gets off track from time to time.

1. Prepare Your Day In Advance – Pack school lunches the night before – Lay out your children’s clothes the night before -Take a meal out of your freezer the night before to thaw – Plan your business goals and schedule the night before – Take 20 minutes a night to perform a quick pick up of your house

2. Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule – You do not have to clean your house from top to bottom everyday. – Choose days that you will vacuum, dust, mop, clean bathrooms, laundry – Train yourself to stick to this schedule without getting off track

3. Schedule Your Working Hours – Use your working hours wisely! – Set a kitchen timer to keep you on track

4. Keeping Your Small Children Occupied While You Work – Create a special toy box that you only take out while you are working – Swap out the toys in the box from time to time to keep them excited – Ask them to help you work it you have something simply like stamping letters – Give them a pretend laptop or cell phone so they can “work” with you – Offer a small reward or for good behavior while you are working.

5. Plan Your Working Hours Around Your Family Schedule – Your working schedule does not need to be the same everyday – Family first, Money Second- after all that is why you work from home

Megan JockWoodsville, New Hampshire
    Great list, my daughter has a lap top and a spare mouse she plays with while i'm working on the computer.
      These are very well-thought out tips, and I'm glad they work for you. Personally, they would not work for me. If I were taking care of young children all day and also earning some income, I would expect my husband to assist with at least some of the cooking/cleaning/household errands. Not only do you (the woman) not need to clean your house from top to bottom every day, you actually don't need to be the only one doing it. Hire a cleaning lady; get your partner's support. Otherwise, what is the point of working? I think the pitfall for many women who have work from home jobs is that they do ALL of the family/household stuff and also have work responsibilities. That is not worth it for me...But, again, it is a personal decision and may work well for others.
      About Megan Jock
      Current: Woodsville, New Hampshire
      Birth: April 29
      On since: Nov 1, 2014
      I am a happy mom of three children; Matthew, Joey, and Jaylynn. I am blessed to be able to have an internet business that allows me to be home full time with my children and blessed that I am able to help other moms do the same.