As you probably already know, I’m not just a photographer. I’m a wife to my awesome husband, a mom to the cutest (almost) three year old little boy, a licensed nurse, and a Senior Consultant for Jamberry nails. I have lots of interests and have always struggled with what I wanted to “be” when I grew up. But above all else, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. So when our son was born, I knew I wanted to be at home with him.
The day I went back from maternity leave, I gave a notice and worked for the next couple of weeks. I worked in a Hematology/Oncology practice, and all of my patients were so supportive and happy for me. They encouraged me by telling me that I would never regret the decision to spend this time with him. And boy were they right! I have never regretted a single second of it, but there have been times of financial stress and that has pushed me to build my business(es) and become a work-at-home mom (or WAHM), so that I can help support our family and take some of the stress off of my husband.
I was recently interviewed by Suzy Fielders, for an article about being a WAHM. You can check out that article over at Triad Moms on Main. There are some great tips in that article, and here are a few of my other tips:
Try to find your own balance. It can be difficult to shut the computer off and walk away, but sometimes you have to do it. And likewise, the laundry still needs to be done, or your family will go naked. (If I’m working in the office, I can almost guarantee there’s a load of laundry washing!) Try to work out a schedule that works with your family’s life and stick to it. And don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Your family can help with things like laundry, or dishes and it’s never to early to get your kids to help out around the house. (My son has been “helping” with laundry since he started walking, and is also responsible for cleaning up his own toys.) What works for me won’t necessarily be ideal for someone else, so find a routine that fits!
- Stay organized. I would be lost without my paper planner! I use it to schedule doctor appointments, school and church events, volunteer projects and even write out my to-do lists for the week. I also try to break down my to-do lists into bite-sized chunks for each day so that I don’t get overwhelmed. Again, this may not be for everyone. You may prefer an electronic calendar, and that’s great too! The point is to have everything in one place so you don’t have to chase down information when you need it.
I certainly don’t have all of the answers when it comes to balancing it all. In fact, as I sit here and type this, I’m wearing yesterday’s dirty jeans and there’s a sink full of dishes that need to be washed. Some days I think, “I’ve really got this under control!” Other days, I feel like I’m just treading water. And that’s ok. I just keep on moving and try to remember that my son is the reason I’m doing this. He is the most important thing.
Do you have any tips for WAHMs? Anyone else have a sink full of dirty dishes?
Off to clean my house. 😉