Monday, November 18, 2013

Great Moments In Parenthood: Ball Pit

Parenthood is filled with great moments when we just sit back and laugh at life and our kids. Recently while having a few friends over, my almost two year old son decided to crawl through one of the smaller holes on his inflatable ball pit. He got stuck. What I love so much about this moment (besides the fact that we caught it on video) is how determined he was to figure it out himself. Only after a full minute of trying out different tactics to free himself, did he start to wine for rescue. It's encouraging to see such smiles in the midst of great effort!

What are some of your favourite moments with your kids?


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Stay At Home Mom Decision: Social

Women (and men!) who are facing the decision of whether to return to work or stay at home with their new child agonize over many aspects of this life-altering choice. Can we afford it? Will I be bored? Am I cut out for all day care of a child? What will my days be like? Will I miss my work connections and interests? In this multi-article series I will discuss the many sides of this big decision and help new moms feel good about their choice. Today's subject: the social impact of the stay-at-home mom decision.

Social Impact Of Staying At Home

For many parents, this is a huge, huge worry when deciding whether to stay at home with young children. For others, it's hardly a consideration. Are you a social butterfly? Do you define yourself by your friends, connections and social life? Or, are you more of a homebody, comfortable doing your own thing and checking in with contacts once in a while? Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to become a stay at home mom or dad:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Arranging Meetings With Clients

One of the biggest challenges when working from home is how and where to hold meetings with current and prospective clients. This is compounded when caring for small children who typically and maintain a level of professionalism and organization? Here are some tips that can help.
cannot be informed about the need to stay quiet and out of the way for a little while. How can you meet with clients and give presentations when you're a work-at-home mom

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Stay At Home Mom Decision: Financial

Women (and men!) who are facing the decision of whether to return to work or stay at home with their new child agonize over many aspects of this life-altering choice. Can we afford it? Will I be bored? Am I cut out for all day care of a child? What will my days be like? Will I miss my work connections and interests? In this multi-article series I will discuss the many sides of this big decision and help new moms feel good about their choice. Today's subject: the financial impact of the stay-at-home mom decision.

The Financial Side Of Staying At Home

I want to talk about this side first because for many couples this is the biggest factor in their decision. While the logistics seem clear; you will lose the income of the stay-at-home parent, there are extra things to consider which must factor into your decision:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Awesome Mom Project: Photo Backup

Regularly on this blog I will post an Awesome Mom Project. A small, productive task you can work on which will take a few minutes to a few hours and will improve your life in some small way.

Awesome Mom Project: Photo Backup

Requirements:
  • Time: approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • Materials: digital camera, computer.
  • Improves: memories, prevents oh-no moments.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Stuck In Baby Talk Mode

I feel crazy to be writing this, but lately I think my brain has been rewired and I'm stuck in baby-talk mode! My son is a little over a year old and during the day he's the main person I talk to. Most of my work is done on the computer, and typing is completely safe from this phenomenon.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Don't Go To The Gym, Be Productive Instead

A controversial title for this blog post today, and it might get a few people angry. I acknowledge that for many people working out is a hobby itself. They love the sporty aspect to it, the friends they make at the gym, the support provided, and the precision of the equipment available there. However for the rest of us it's a chore. An expensive, slightly boring, often embarrassing one, and yet we drag ourselves there, paying for memberships and telling ourselves that if we pay for it, it will make us stick to it. Nonsense I say! If you enjoy it, and get a sense of accomplishment from your workouts then you'll love it. If you improve your life and that of your family all while also getting fit and staying healthy, isn't that ideal? Here are some activities you can do instead of going to the gym which will exercise some muscles and have inherent benefits in the activity itself. No furious pedalling on a bike that goes nowhere on this list!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Awesome Mom Project: Sell Something

Regularly on this blog I will post an Awesome Mom Project. A small, productive task you can work on which will take a few minutes to a few hours and will improve your life in some small way.

Awesome Mom Project: Sell Something

Requirements:
  • Time: approx. 1 hour.
  • Materials: digital camera, computer.
  • Improves: clutter, money.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Decision: To Be Or Not To Be A Stay At Home Parent

For many women (and men!) the decision to leave an established career and become a stay at home Mom or Dad is one of the hardest and most important decisions of our lives. Full of risk and uncertainty this decision is almost never taken lightly, and is often shaped by how we grew up, what our peers are doing, and a million factors both external and internal to the family. Let's discuss a few of these concerns.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fighting Stay At Home Mom Boredom

Boredom. Not all women experience this phenomenon, however for some of us it can be a shocking consequence of the decision to leave fast paced and structured careers for the new routine of raising kids and managing a household. Sometimes it seems like anyone who mentions that they are experiencing this, get immediately attacked as either not being an 'involved enough' parent, not 'getting it', or not knowing how to relax. Some even react angrily assuming that anyone claiming to be bored is somehow insulting the job of stay at home parents, or looking down their nose at anyone who isn't bored. That's not what I'm saying here.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Who Am I, And Why Another Mom Blog?

Mom blogs runneth over on the Internet these days, so the big question is, who am I and why on earth am I writing a blog about being a Mom. How is this blog different?

Let me start with what this blog will be about, since that's why you're here and if you're like me, your time is limited because there are about T-minus 10 minutes until junior wakes up from his or her nap!

This blog will be geared toward women who consider themselves to be business professionals taking the leap into being stay at home moms. I take a very logical and business like approach to my posts; I admit I'm a bit of a nerd. I provide practical advice covering finances, business, parenting, home management and life. Tips for keeping your life organized and your family happy, healthy and financially secure. Strategies for operating a business out of your home and coping with stay at home boredom. Simplifying your life, and creating a wealth of love, fun and joy all around you. I provide quick side projects you can tackle in a couple hours or a few minutes and advice I've learned that worked for me.

There will be a limited number of recipes or craft ideas on this blog since it's not my area of expertise, and I promise to keep the diaper and boogie stories to a minimum, since all those fun mom humour-and-horror stories are well covered in other excellent blogs out there.

Ok, that sounds pretty intriguing, but who am I? Well, I am in my early thirties and recently left my career as a software developer and business analyst to start a family. I have a darling young son (DS) and a loving husband (DH) who I care about more than anything in the world. I am very good at managing personal finances, and I have a small profitable freelance business which I operate out of my home. I am not a certified financial planner or business coach and my advice is offered for fun in the hopes that it helps a few other moms out there.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for my first few posts!