“Women who can cope with the terrible twos can cope with anything,” ~ Judith Clabes
When getting ready to write this guest post, I called on my Facebook readers to ask a few questions: What do they want to know? What article topic would they find most helpful? This week we will answer the questions Mommy Perks readers asked.
Question: How do you stay sane while raising a family and trying to start a business?
Answer: I don’t have all of the answers for this but time management was a huge factor for me, when starting up. I traded babysitting days with other moms so I could get some alone time to work and focus. I got up early or stayed up late. I told my kids that I needed a solid two hours to focus and after that, we’d head to the park, etc. If you can call on family to support you and help with the kids while you work, even better (Grandma or an Auntie, perhaps). Or…hire a student to babysit or barter with someone if possible. You need to sleep in order to be healthy and of sound mind so I don’t suggest skipping sleep.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that your family wants your attention and although your new business needs your time, the family does too. If you begin to feel angry about your family wanting your attention, step back. Remember that balance and harmony are not achieved by going over-the-top and your business can wait an hour or two if needed. Have you been working non-stop for 9 hours? Take a break and go for ice cream with the kids. Have dinner together and then go back to working for a while, after the kids are in bed or while they are in school. A happy family makes for a better business mind, anyway!
Shara Lawrence-Weiss is the owner of 12 websites (shared with her husband) including Mommy Perks (www.mommyperks.com), Kids Perks (www.kidsperks.com), Early Childhood News and Resources (www.earlychildhoodnews.net) and Reliable Bloggers (www.ReliableBloggers.com). She has a background in education, early childhood, nanny work, special needs, freelance and marketing. Shara has three children … soon to be four. You can find her on twitter under @MommyPerks