Question:

What is a motherīs helper?

Just Say No!

Too often, moms at home are taken advantage of by others who assume that if a mom is at home, she has "time." Any mom at home knows that this is not the case, but even moreso for works at home moms who are not only managing a household but a business or job as well. There are deadlines, clients, appointments, and other required tasks just as in a "regular job." Work-at-home-moms (and dads!) need respect for their positions just as any other working adult. Sometimes, however, the only way to get this respect is to demand it. Get used to saying "no" if a request conflicts with an appointment you already have or your day as it's currently scheduled.

This is not to say that WAHM's should be selfish and mean. One of the benefits of working at home is having flexibility--just make sure you're being flexible and not taken advantage of.

Trade off

As a parent working at home, you know that there are just some things that are impossible to do when the kids are around.

You have a couple of choices:
*wait until they're 18 and move out of the house so you can get on with your business
*send them to boarding school so you don't have to deal with them at all or
*find another work at home parent and trade babysitting.

By trading off babysitting, you save money (no hiring babysitters). You are also helping out another parent in the same situation thus making the world a better place all around. Your children will have other children to play with (for them it's a "playdate") while you're able to get important business finished.

Mother's Helper

Need help with the kids, but not up to hiring a full-time sitter? Try a "mother's helper". A mother's helper is usually an older child who lives in your neighborhood. She may not be quite old enough to babysit alone, yet, but could use the practice and experience and doesn't cost as much as a regular babysitter (mainly because you are always around). A mother's helper can take the kids out in the backyard or down to the playroom and keep the kids occupied while you work. She can also help with small household tasks such as setting the table and getting snacks.

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