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    Accomplishing Daily Chores as a Work at Home Mom (WAHM)

    By Candice Pardue     

    You've finally reached your goal of being a work at home
    mom. It's a great feeling when you say goodbye to the job
    atmosphere and begin staying home with your children. Whether
    you have little ones or big ones, your kids are probably glad
    to have you home as well.

    Even though it might be a joy to finally have the work
    at home opportunity, you'll quickly discover that even working
    at home can be stressful at times. You've now increased your
    daily chores, and it will take scheduling and training to
    get your house in order.

    Below are some great tips to simplify your daily chores and
    help you keep your sanity. You'll be a "sweet" work at home
    mom if you follow these simple guidelines!

    More Wear and Tear on Your Home

    When driving your vehicle to and from work each day, your vehicle
    requires maintenance due to the wear and tear that occurs. You
    must change the oil, tires, keep plenty of water in the battery,
    etc. If you don't do these things, your car will break down and
    you won't be able to get to work.

    This is going to sound very basic, but many working stay home
    mothers miss this important aspect of being at home and wind up
    getting totally stressed over it. Your home is obviously
    going to experience wear and tear when you and your
    children begin staying home all day each day. You'll use
    the toilet and sinks more often, thus, resulting in possibly
    a higher water bill. You'll use more power. The house
    will get messy because someone's there to mess it up! When
    you worked away from the home, your children used the sitter's
    home or building to play, cry, spill food, etc. Now, they're
    in your home all day.

    Your Children Can and Should Help

    If you have children that are 3 yrs. old and up, you should
    begin training them early that the home is not to be
    destroyed. Train them to pick up after themselves, keep
    food and drinks in the kitchen (unless supervised) and
    to do basic chores or "maintenance" each day. They'll have
    a purpose in life and you'll have less stress. Who wants to
    spend three hours cleaning a house every day after work?

    Teach your children these few things while training them to
    help you with the house chores:

    1. They're helping mommy to work so she can stay home.
    2. They're contributing to maintenance for the house.
    3. They'll be rewarded each week for being faithful to
    their chores.

    If you allow the children to be messy all day with no
    responsibilities, you'll be discouraged about staying at
    home quickly. Depending on the type of work you do and
    the age of your children, you may or may not be able
    to supervise your children continually. This can also cause problems.

    You might want to consider a part time sitter
    during your busiest times so you won't feel that you're neglecting them all day.


    Set a schedule for cooking and clean-up at breakfast and lunch.
    You can use eating times for a break from work and to spend with
    the kids. If you have older children, you can teach them
    to cook lunch for you. What child wouldn't be thrilled to
    cook mommy's lunch while she's working each day?

    Plan simple meals for breakfast and lunch since this is usually
    your most productive time of the day. You don't want to spend
    an hour cooking either meal.

    Running Errands

    It's tempting to run all sorts of errands during the day since
    you're home now. Even if you're able to set your on schedule,
    you should consider productivity for your work. Running errands in
    the morning when you're usually the most alert is not wise.
    When you return to your work, you might be too tired to focus.
    This decreases your productivity for the day. You should
    tackle your work first, then run errands after you've reached
    your daily goal. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment, and
    you'll actually enjoy running errands with the kids.

    A Little Adds Up

    Working at home can be fun if you concentrate on the positive
    benefits. Don't get overwhelmed by daily chores, but do a little
    at a time. So what if your house doesn't look perfect every day.
    Whose does? You can do quick 15-minute chores each day to
    make your home look "cosmetically" great without deep
    cleaning. Save the deep cleaning for your day off, or
    set aside an afternoon to do this.

    You'll encounter less stress as a work at home mom if you
    remember the tips above. Staying organized in your home
    and business life are difficult tasks, but they can be
    accomplished. Many moms are discovering the joy of
    working at home today.

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