Friday, March 23, 2007

Why no post?

Wow. It's been ages since I've gone this long without scratching out a post.

I don't have much time to blog at the moment. A friend is graciously taking care of my kids three so I can work on some PAYING writing gigs. It's nice to bring a little bacon home to the family.

I'm still working on the book and now a one-act play. Be careful what you ask for ... you just might get it when you don't know how to best blend it into stay-home-mom-dom.

After I meet my Mon. March 26 deadline, I'll be back with my usual rants and schtuff. It's amazing how much I miss posting. Releasing the day's madness is good for the soul.

So, with nearly an entire pot of coffee coursing through my twitching bod, I return to a gig writing neighborhood descriptions for my brother-in-law's real estate web site.

In the meantime, maybe some of you work-at-home mamas can leave me some comments containing the secrets to doing it all: kid care, house and laundry, school, sports games and practices, writing, working, blah, blah ... you know the rest because you are living it.

So, what's the secret to BALANCING work and mama-hood? Hopefully it involves a bag of mint Hershey's Kisses.

Until the next post ...

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23 Comments:

At 2:23 PM, Blogger karrie said...

and a large serving of coffee ice cream and tolerance for clutter.

Good luck!

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Lara said...

i have no answers for you. i can barely balance my life now just with school and work and trying to maintain some semblance of sanity. i just wanted to say welcome back and good luck with the writing gigs - we'll be here when you finish with your deadline and return to ranting. :)

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Iris said...

I am not a work at home mom, but I do work full time out of home, and I am a single mom.....trust me, with 4 kids, that can be kinda tricky. I think definitely the Hershey's Kisses are a must.....though I am trying to cut down so that I can fit into a gorgeous wedding gown one day soon!!!

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous SuburbanOblivion said...

Honestly? I don't, thats why I'm a SAHM. I think working from home is about the best balance you are going to get. Good luck with the writing gig, we'll be puttering around till you get back! ;)

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger karenkt said...

except for writers block or too many other things on your mind, I think writing is one of the best jobs to combine with being a SAHM. Right now I'm not working, but I worked when #1 was littler. It sucks. I have no idea how I'll do it with two. in diapers no less.
You know what? The "fly lady" has a lot of GREAT tips on how to "declutter" and organize your day/life.
see: http://www.flylady.net/
I heard about her from suburban turmoil

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

the wahm gig is really hard for me. I am somewhere in the middle as I am a massage therapist and a birth doula. So I don't work out of my home, but I don't really work out of the home full time either. I take my kids with me to my office to see massage clients (I practice out of a gym and there is some childcare that keeps them alive and makes sure they aren't bleeding when I pick em up).

My hours are very irregular. Sometimes I am frick busy, other times I am living the sahm dream of being bad at housework, playing with my kids, and doing whatever else we want.

I find when I am busy with work I am waaay stressy in the 'sahm' part of my life. It's as though my whole work load doubled but everyone (including me) expects to be able to maintain things as they are so much of the time. Especially because I am a doula and LMT I work really really hard to try and find the center and balance of it all. No one wants my stress mess all over their life!

It would be nice if I had really high quality childcare that wouldn't take all of my income. Some days I wonder if we all wouldn't be better off if I did my work full time and picked a great place for my kids to be.

But that would probably kill me too, so my sanity gets laid down on an alter of sorts.

Best wishes finding the center of it all. its a daily struggle for me. Some days I am spot on, other days failure is an understatement. At least Im not bored!

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

the wahm gig is really hard for me. I am somewhere in the middle as I am a massage therapist and a birth doula. So I don't work out of my home, but I don't really work out of the home full time either. I take my kids with me to my office to see massage clients (I practice out of a gym and there is some childcare that keeps them alive and makes sure they aren't bleeding when I pick em up).

My hours are very irregular. Sometimes I am frick busy, other times I am living the sahm dream of being bad at housework, playing with my kids, and doing whatever else we want.

I find when I am busy with work I am waaay stressy in the 'sahm' part of my life. It's as though my whole work load doubled but everyone (including me) expects to be able to maintain things as they are so much of the time. Especially because I am a doula and LMT I work really really hard to try and find the center and balance of it all. No one wants my stress mess all over their life!

It would be nice if I had really high quality childcare that wouldn't take all of my income. Some days I wonder if we all wouldn't be better off if I did my work full time and picked a great place for my kids to be.

But that would probably kill me too, so my sanity gets laid down on an alter of sorts.

Best wishes finding the center of it all. its a daily struggle for me. Some days I am spot on, other days failure is an understatement. At least Im not bored!

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

ugh sorry for the double post...computer hiccup

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Hello...my name is Margot said...

The secret is...
cutting yourself immense amounts of slack...making big daddy do his part because you are working too...finding a high tolerance for dirt and disorder OR hiring a maid...convince yourself that cobwebs are "decorations" and dust bunnies are "pets"...taking time out for power shoe shopping sans children...reach out to fellow work from home moms when you feel like you're on the edge...

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Madeline said...

Hey ... I saw your comment over at Babble -- thanks for the nice words. Your writing is anything but flat! Your blog is one of my daily stops, so hurry up with your paid work so we can get back to reading you daily!

 
At 6:01 AM, Blogger cce said...

Damned if you do, damned it you don't (work that is). That's what I always say. Hang in there and know that there are sacrifices and second thoughts no matter which side of the work/motherhood divide you fall on.

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Pendullum said...

Hate it when work gets in the way...
Good luck with the balancing...

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

ummmmm...you can do it all? Boy am I failing miserably!

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Honeybell said...

Two words: Starbucks Frappuccino!

Lots and lots of Frappuccino will provide the total daily requirements of sugar and caffeine to keep a smile pasted on my face . . . and a jittery hop in my step!

Looking forward to your return!

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Domestic Slackstress said...

Three words: white chocolate mocha. I'm still on deadline. Tomorrow the work will be finished and emailed in the right direction. Than I shall return to annoy you all! :) Thanks for checking in everyone. Hope you are having a nice weekend.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Rach said...

Shed loads of patience, ability to not say what you really want to, oh and after the little people are in bed - a hefty glass of delicious red wine.........works for me!

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Kim- I miss you. Please come back soon.

Heather

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger liv said...

Well, I'd like to thank the Forsyth Road Starbucks crew for their unwavering loyalty in knowing my grande-non-fat-no-foam-latte issues.

It's like I told a friend who imagined how great it was to be me, cruising for coffee, leisurely grocery shopping, etc... What I'd really like is to be you. To drop kids off at 8AM, and see them again at 5:30. After almost 5 years of being mostly home, I'm sick of it. And now with the studio to run, childcare costs to balance, a pending divorce, and all that home shit, I'm bleeding exhausted. There. I've finally said it. I haven't blogged it, so it's a scoop, Kim. Just relax in child's pose and pretend you heard nothing.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Yeah. . . unfortunately I think the answer is sugar. It's not balance, but it's what gets me through. Yuck!

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger you da mom! said...

i'm in the same boat. when i get REAL freelance work, i neglect my blog and everyone else's!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger karenkt said...

ahhh... white chocolate mocha.... my favorite too. A kick of sugar as well as caffeine.

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger karenkt said...

ahhh..... white chocolate mocha..... my favorite too. a kick of sugar as well as caffeine.

 
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