As we approach the new year, I wanted to let you know about what I think will be a great feature addition to my blog: A Year in the Life series.
Beginning in January, I will follow a variety of mothers who fall in one of three categories:
- Working Mothers (for other employers)
- Single Working Mothers
- Mothers Beginning a Business
Each month these mothers will blog a bit about the obstacles and triumphs they’ve had over the course of the month. They will also ask a panel of experts questions about some struggles they may have, whether these consists of organizational problems, getting the kids to school on time, or balancing life and work.
I have chosen a great selection of mothers whom I feel really represent US, the working mothers of the world. One lost her husband at a very young age; two are starting new companies. Each shares similarities with all of us.
What I have found over my past three years of blogging for Allbusiness is that we all have difficulty doing the same things: organizing, managing time, disciplining our children, separating work from home life.
Each day we struggle alone, but if we reach out and connect with other mothers who are in our same position we will feel more in control and less stressed. It is when we feel we are alone that we struggle the most.
I hope that you’ll join me for our series. We will start the first week of January with introductions to each mother who will be participating.
In the meantime, I am trying to solve our biggest dilemma of the moment: Getting the kids out the door in time.
I know about laying out clothes the night before, and setting schedules. The problem is getting everyone motivated to follow through with the tasks they need to complete each morning.
This is not a new issue in our home. In fact, for the past month, since we acquired crazy dog, we’ve screeched to a stop in front of the school on an almost daily basis. And prior to even getting to that point, I’ve raised my voice numerous times and threatened everything from taking away treats to discussing the issue with Santa (okay,not really, but you get my point!)
This week I devised a new plan.
First, I set the clock in my daughter’s room, something I have never done (up until this point she has gotten up early or come fairly soon after I called).
I requested that she dress and brush ehr hair before coming downstairs, and I laid out her clothes so they were easily found.
I then had her eat breakfast, and not get up until she was full. We’ve had an issue of her getting up and getting ready and then, before leaving the house, saying she was still hungry – at which point fixing something else is too late.
After eating she is to put on her shoes and brush her teeth. Then, and only then, if we have time she can spend a few minutes playing – her reward for getting ready on time.