Saturday, June 04, 2005

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Friday, June 03, 2005

School's Out! What's a WAHM to do?

School’s Out! What’s a WAHM to do?

By: Jacqueline Bodnar
http://www.wahm-magazine.com

As the weather starts to warm up there are a lot of work at home parents that begin to get a little nervous. They know that this change in season is followed by the ringing of the final school bell for summer break. Yes, your working days are going to change a bit over the summer but there are some things you can do to take care of the kids while still getting some work done.

Managing Time. Christina Lorenzen, a freelance writer from New York, homeschool’s her two children, so they are home year round. “I have learned to manage the time I have around them,” explains Lorenzen. She realizes that her children are not at the age where they need constant looking after and she tries to use her time wisely. Getting work done around your children being home may mean that you need to get up earlier, go to bed later or do a little work on the weekends.

Set the schedule. School-age children are used to routine so don’t assume that because it’s summer you can’t continue that. Set a routine for them as soon as the school year ends. Make sure the day includes “down time” where they have to take a two hour break each day to spend time entertaining themselves. Try to make it at the same time each day so that you can have some set hours incase you need to schedule calls.

Time Alone. Take small squares of paper and have your child write a different pre-approved activity on each square. Then fold them up and keep them in a jar. On days when they say they are bored or don’t know what to do have them pull out one piece of paper and do that activity. Make sure you have plenty of puzzles, games, outdoor activities, educational videos and books so they have a good variety of projects to work on. Take a weekly trip to the library with them so they stock up on books to read.

Friends. You can get the kids involved in playgroups and taking turns playing with friends at your house and at their friend’s house. They are more likely to stay occupied for larger amounts of time at once if you allow them to have a friend over. Try to work it out with another stay at home mom in your area that you alternate days of having the children playing at your house.

Camps and Classes. “Our 13 year old will be attending some summer day programs, going to the Boys and Girls Club, working for some friends and for us, probably heading to Vegas to visit his aunt,” says Rona Berry-Morin, a Country Bunny Bath & Body Representative in California . Sign your child up for a summer day camp or class. They are usually available in half or whole days that run anywhere from a week to all summer long. They are a great way to get time to work each day while they have a blast and learn something along the way. Check with your local parks and recreation department, YMCA, scouting organizations and Boys and Girls clubs to see what’s available in your area.

Team Effort. Hold a family meeting and discuss the fact that you will still need to get your work done over their summer break. Grab a sheet of paper and have a family brainstorming session of ways that they can help you each day to give you work time. Get the children in on the suggestions. That way they will feel as though it’s not something being forced upon them, rather they are a part of the effort. They will be more likely willing to help you if they feel they are part of what’s going on.

Mobile Work. Get the tools that you need to be able to take work with you. That way if you decide to take the kids to the park or pool you can get some work time in as they play. Tools could be anything from a small brief case for files, a laptop, an Alphasmart for typing, a cell phone for business calls or a pad and paper for taking notes. Look for ways to be productive in a variety of settings so that you are ready to roll with the punches.

Delegate. Being the CEO of your domain means that you understand the importance of delegating tasks. With the kids home from school they can help out more around the house, freeing up more time for you to work. Set a chore schedule from the beginning and assign age appropriate tasks for each of them to do each day.

Be realistic. When it comes down to it you have to be honest with yourself and just accept that your work may have a down cycle during the summer. Many businesses have seasonal swings and they learn to accept and deal with them along with trying to make up for them throughout the rest of the year. Try to get more work done during the months that they are in school so that when they are out you can cut back.

Relax and Enjoy. Kids grow fast and before you know it they will be out of your house and you will long for the days that they were home with you during the summer. Remember the reason you became a work at home mom in the first place. If you are like most moms it was to be home with your children and care for them. Don’t lose sight of them being your number one priority. You have many more years of work ahead of you, but your children will not always be this young. Take time in the summer to play with them and create lasting memories. Take some days off and take them to the park, a picnic, the zoo or swimming! *

About the Author: Jacqueline Bodnar is a WAHM that is the editor of WAHM-Magazine.com and is a freelance writer.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Finishing Our Year of Homeschool - Seventh Grade

Marcus and I are attempting to finish all his required work before June 17. He has a 10 page World History report that has to be turned in! He's been putting it off till the last minute. I discovered that Marcus didn't know what an Outline was. He has no idea how to take notes. I remember learning about Outlines, Table of Contents and report writing, when I was in the 6th grade. We were taught the basics and then assigned topics.

It's been a discovery process since we started homeschooling Marcus. I've been playing catch up this year teaching Marcus grammar and report writing. It's now my responsiblity if he doesn't know. Along the way, the schools forgot to teach these skills. We also failed him by not being more involved.

Let's face it, how can kids to write if they don't know the basics. I thank God everyday for having the opportunity to teach our son, at home. He was being left behind. Now, we can get Marcus caught up.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Summer Customer Appreciation Special

Fantastic 5 Summer Customer Appreciation Special June 1 - July 31, 2005

Customers ordering our Fantastic 5 Spa Treatment, $50.50 plus s/h and tax, in their favorite fragrance will receive a FREE 4 oz. tub of shea rich body butter*. Sets available in all fragrances or Naturally Unscented.

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Salt Scrub - Unique blend of gourmet salts, sweet oils and aloe, 20 oz.
Shea Body Butter - Shea rich emollient for nourishing your skin, 4 oz.
Lotion Bar - Exclusive formula lotion in a bar seals in your body's moisture, 1.5 oz
Set is packaged in a vinyl drawstring bag with instruction guide.

*Free 4 oz. tub of body butter will be provided for you in one of the following fragrances and may not reflect the fragrance of the 5 piece set.

For less than the price of one hand and foot treatment at a Spa, you can enjoy repeated treatments all Summer long without ever leaving home.

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