More than “Just Mom”

Written by Samantha Olea,

As mothers, we spend most of our time if not all of our time taking care of everyone. Our children need us; our husbands still need a wife and don’t forget aboutrepparttar house! On top of all of that, many of us work inside or outside ofrepparttar 140044 home with careers that also demand 100%. In all of this is it easy to lose yourself.

Think about it…what makes you a woman, besidesrepparttar 140045 obvious? Do you have exceptional hair, are you a good listener, do your eyes twinkle like no others? Embrace what makes yourepparttar 140046 very special woman that you are, and always have been. Nurture that part of you that is not necessarily a mom or a wife, that part of you that always has been. Taking care of your spirit and being good to yourself is not selfish, its necessary. This will not only help you, this will help your family. Your daughters will learnrepparttar 140047 importance of being there for yourself, and your sons will learn to respect a woman’s “me time”, her mystery. Your husband will notice a change in you, and he will have even more respect for you because you will be showing respect for yourself.

Top Ten Ways To Stay Sane As A Work At Home Mom

Written by Nicole Dean

The other day, someone asked me what it's like to be a work at home mom. I just blinked back at him, my mind blank. How could I possibly describe life as a work at home mom? Only someone who's lived it can understandrepparttar juggling act it requires.

Work at home moms haverepparttar 139979 usual responsibilities of being a mom - folding laundry, scheduling doctor's appointments, helping with homework, reading bedtime stories, and basically being on call 24-hours a day. In addition, there isrepparttar 139980 conundrum of how to find time to work and answer emails, do networking, update bookkeeping, make phone calls, and more. And, it must fit into a 24 hour day. So, how do we do it? How do we stay sane inrepparttar 139981 chaos?

It's disclaimer time. I am notrepparttar 139982 person to give advice on sanity. I'm pretty sure I filed away my sanity last year when I did taxes. I have my days where I say "That's it! I'm getting a regular job!" But, then I talk to my wonderful friend who reminds me ofrepparttar 139983 reality ofrepparttar 139984 real world --repparttar 139985 traffic,repparttar 139986 boss who won't let me go to my son's field trip, andrepparttar 139987 fact that I'd probably have to buy pantyhose again. She manages to slap some sense back into me every time. I hate pantyhose.

Working from homerepparttar 139988 last few years, I've picked up a few handy tips. They aren't magic beans, that, when planted, will grow you a nanny and a housekeeper, but they can help you to enjoy being a work at home mom just a little bit more.

10. Freezer Cooking! This is my personal life-saver. Spend one day duringrepparttar 139989 week or one day each month assembling meals and your reward is a freezer filled with food. Then, when it's time to make dinner, just grab a healthful, inexpensive meal from your freezer, heat it up and serve. Think about it. Next time you cook dinner, quadruplerepparttar 139990 recipe and put what you don't eat intorepparttar 139991 freezer for later. Presto! Magic food will appear in your freezerrepparttar 139992 next time you need it.

9. Pay it Forward- By helping others, it reminds us that many of our own problems are much smaller than they appear. Whether you donate money, give blood, or volunteer your time, you are setting a beautiful example for your children. Involve your older kids and make volunteering a family activity.

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