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Sunday
Jan162011

How This Work-At-Home Mom Finds Me-Time

Installment # 4  by Terez Howard
Sometimes, we stay-at-home, work-at-home moms get a bad rap.  I remember when an acquaintance of mine was shocked when she paid me a surprise visit and found me busy working at home.  I was spring cleaning my daughter’s bedroom.  “Really?” she asked, with widening eyes.
Do I look like someone who sits around all day, watching soaps by day and reality shows by night?  Just like mothers that work out of the home, I have two jobs – the housewife and the professional.  I clean my house, cook the meals, do all the grocery shopping, care for my daughter, garden, write, edit and market.  
Like most moms, I do more than what you see in an exhaustive list.  I actually do spring cleaning, I bake bread, I’m an avid coupon-clipper, I follow a preschool homeschool program for my 3-year-old, I even attempt to troubleshoot my computer.  (And I’m no techie!)
Where do I find time for me?  Here’s my secret: I schedule it in my busy day.  I keep a daily calendar to keep my home running the way I like.  At the end of the day, whether I’ve completed my to-do Iist or not, I kick back with my hubbie and watch a DVD from Netflix.
When my little Micah takes her weekly visit to Nonna and Grandpa’s house, I make sure I take some time to play piano, just for me.  
How can this work for you?  Take an honest look at your day.  Where can you pencil in finishing that great book or completing your vacation scrapbook?  If you find nothing, enlist the help of grandparents, other relatives and friends as babysitters.  Me-time is there; you just have to find it.

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