Since I started working from home, I have called school time and/or nap time my "power hours".
I know that most of you are moms (and a couple dads), but aside from your all-important job of parenting, what is your profession? What do you 'do'?
It's a joke, but I mean, really...
I keep seeing posts about moms who are so lost now that their kids have gone back to school. This extends beyond the emotional tug at our heartstrings as we have this tangible reminder that our kids are growing up so quickly. I can even identify with the separation anxiety. Absolutely, I get all that.
But what I'm talking about here are the 'what am I going to do all day?' posts. For real? Even if you do not have a paying job (do NOT send me hate mail that being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job; I am well-aware), you *must* have some housework to do? Another child to take care of? An errand to run? A DVR to catch up on? A friggin' HOBBY?
For the love of chocolate, you cannot tell me that you have nothing to do. Being a mom and having too much free time ARE mutually exclusive!
I'm not saying you can't balance your time and manage everything (more on that later this week...if I get to it!), but if you truly have nothing to do, please just fake it for the sake of the rest of us. ;)
I begrudgingly went back to work, pump-in-hand, when my baby was 12 weeks old. Filling bottles was a struggle, to say the least. Now, when breakfast is waffles and lunch is soy-nut butter sandwiches, I work from home. The irony of this is not lost on me...not in the least.
Anyone have a stay-at-home dad in their house? How would you feel about having your husband be the stay-at-home parent?
All 'show-him-what-it's-like/wouldn't-last-a-day' joking aside, I think I'd be jealous.
"...new moms who return to work at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) will get double pay for their first six weeks back after maternity leave."
Some people look at this as bribery. I think their intentions are certainly in the right place, and that this is great.
Working from home does not mean that I have infinite flexibility in my schedule. In fact, I am going to be so bold as to say that it makes my schedule more rigid, my windows of availability less frequent (and not just because of my children). So if you're supposed to call me at 1:00, and don't call me until 1:30, don't expect me to still have an hour to give you.
(I'm not speaking directly to any of you, just venting. But can I get an Amen?!)
_Why did you return to work after having a baby? Financially necessary? Love of your job? Need for adult interaction? Something else?
(As always, feel free to send me a private message if you'd like me to post anonymously.)
I went back after 12 weeks at home because I kind of thought that was my only option. I liked my job, but wasn't in love with it; the joy of adult interaction and being out of the house was somewhat dampened by my wrestling matches with the pump; we had free grandparent childcare, or else it would not have been worth it. In somewhat of a backwards fashion, I worked until my younger son was 2, then have been home full-time since then...should have done it this way from the start. Live and learn :)
I’ve said it to my parents, I’ve said it to my friends, and I’ve said it to myself (both in response to someone’s ridiculousness and in dismissal of something that didn’t go as planned). But whatever doesn’t work here anymore.
Ellen Lubin-Sherman’s The Essentials of Fabulous: Because Whatever Doesn’t Work Here Anymore is as close as you’re going to get to an instruction manual on how to be great. And no, needing an instruction manual does not disqualify you from becoming fabulous. Because, after all, “no one is born fabulous.”
Lubin-Sherman points out that most fabulousness, or fabulosity if you will, can be attributed to simple manners. Everyone is so concerned with being “cool”, but what about being genuinely warm? A nod, a smile, a physical indication of being interested, these things all go a long way to others perceiving you as fabulous—even if you don’t yet believe it yourself.
Old-fashioned communication (a handwritten note) and accessibility (answering your phone instead of sending to voicemail!) are key to engaging your friends, colleagues, and associates. Think about it—the people who you most respect probably live by these often forgotten but easily-accomplished actions.
And although dressing the part is always good advice, that ‘fake it till you make it’ approach will only get you so far. If you are not genuine, people will see right through you. Adopting a good attitude is a step in the right direction, but you must genuinely be interested in your work and in the people that you surround yourself with.
Speaking of people, we so often get caught up in our “networks”, but really that’s a just a new techie name for your circle of friends! The way to achieve that quality network is by being fabulous. And the way to be fabulous is to share instead of hide your “secrets” of success. Oh, and the other way to be fabulous is to read Lubin-Sherman’s new book.
With a love of children and a passion for reading and writing, Kelly decided to share her experiences with others through the pages of the Crib Notes book and site.
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