I recently received Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing for review. Diapers and Deadlines is an e-course for moms. What kind of mom? Well, all kinds actually. Work at home moms, moms with one kid, moms with seven kids, homeschool moms . . . yeah, all moms. There is some content that is mompreneur-specific, but there is much more content that applies to all moms.
From meal planning and scheduling your days, to involving the kids in your work, Lisa offers a ton of takeaways for moms everywhere.
Check out my video below for an overview of the course.
It looks great, right? Here are a few of my biggest takeaways . . .
You can’t keep your vision to yourself
Having a brilliant plan for your days is great! But it will only get you so far. If you don’t communicate that plan then you’re setting yourself up for a ton of frustration and eventual failure.
You have to let your family in on your plan. Have a family meeting and let everyone know what you expect from them and what they can expect from you.
SAHM vs WAHM
If you’re going to be a work at home mom, then you need to act like it. Again communication is key, but equally important is your ability to be your own boss. YOU need to keep yourself accountable and work your business. No one is going to do it for you.
Flexibility is key
You need to be strict with yourself, but also allow the grace of flexibility to rule your days. Because you are a work at home mom, there will be days (many of them, trust me) when your excellent plan doesn’t happen.
Sickness or bad attitudes or any number of other things have the ability to derail your days. The idea is to be flexible, don’t beat yourself (or the kids!) up, and once you’ve handled the situation, take the next right step.
Having daily special helpers is one of the many new ideas I found in Lisa’s course. Since I only have five kids at home right now, they can each have a day of the week to be my special helper.
Some things my special helper might get to do . . .
- Help cook dinner
- Prepare the snack
- Pick the nightly television show/movie
- Select the activity for family play time
- Be my main helper in any projects
- Lick the spoon if I make a goodie
Family writing time
This has got to be my favorite takeaway. The idea is to get the kids writing while you write.
How might you involve the kids? Like this . . .
- Write a creative story
- Write a play
- Create character drawings
- Write code for a project
- Play with an alphabet mat
- Look at board books
- Create puppets to tell a story with
- Use playdough and alphabet cookie cutters to create words
- Use a whiteboard and dry erase marker
- Play with ABC blocks
- Use an iPad app
As you can see, Lisa has done an excellent job of including moms of all stages in life. There really are some great takeaways for everyone.