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Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« on: April 23, 2015, 03:00:55 PM »
I have 2 boys one is 6 and the other is 18 months. They demand quite a bit of my time. I am struggling to come up with a schedule so that I can earn some money. How do the rest of you mommies deal with this issue?

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2015, 06:58:39 PM »
I just wake up real early! I am usually up by 4:00 AM anyway, so I try to get all my working sites done before the chaos begins. After dropping my children at schools, I get back to work and juggle between household chores, shopping chores, taking my mom to the doctors, and care for her house too.

You just need to find what works for you or when is the best time to do it.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2015, 08:38:21 PM »
Juggling kids with any kind of work is difficult, especially with an 18 month old.  I'm assuming your 6 year old is in school, so that's the time I would focus on.  Does your 18 month old still take naps.  That's when I would do the "brain" intensive work, like writing.  When he's up, try to get him to entertain himself a few times a day.  Give him a toy, set up a video or TV show, or whatever and do the things that don't require all of your attention, things that can be interrupted, like swagbucks (for me).  You can keep an eye on him, while clicking.

Then there's always that blissful time of day - bedtime.  When they've finally gone to sleep and the house is quiet and calm.  You might be able to squeeze in a little time then, but remember to take some down time for yourself and you'll probably want to spend a few minutes with the hubby - they can be demanding, too.  After all, they're essentially just big kids!!   ;D

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2015, 09:28:28 PM »
This is a struggle for me too, so I'm interested to see what others have to say.  Right now, I do the 'easy' things during the day when the kids are engrossed in play, and the rest after they are in bed, as others have said.  I'm so tired by the end of the day though, and things that require more focus still are too intimidating for me.  :-\

My husband's work schedule is about to change however, which would give me a chance of working for about an hour before the kids are up - as long as I can focus then!  I'm looking forward to trying it though, because I always hear that the early bird gets the worm when it comes to the opportunities available online.


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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 12:35:38 AM »
I am not a mommy yet, but I somehow know how you feel because working online is not that easy, and having to raise kids at the same time would be more difficult. I guess you just need to make a working schedule. Since the kids are mostly awake and active in the morning, you should probably just work in the evening. That might be a good idea.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2015, 10:34:26 AM »
I'm not a mom, but I constantly have a hard time balancing my full time school schedule with my regular part time job and my online earnings. Right now I'm not really on much of a schedule with my online earnings, but instead I just take advantage of every moment that I have and try to earn whenever I can. Mostly that seems to be a few things in between classes. One of my classes is pretty straight forward, so I'm able to multitask in listening to the lecture enough to take notes while also earning online, lately through micro workers since they don't take too much time and don't involve me having to listen to anything. Some days when I'm at work and I have a little bit of downtime, instead of doing homework I do post loop commenting instead.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2015, 10:56:38 AM »
A schedule is a great idea. Divide your sites in to those which need more sustained attention and those which can be completed despite interruptions from small people. Make a checklist for each site you visit to ensure that you don't forget to complete the recurring point-earning offers they sometimes have. Also determine which sites are really worth your while and which ones are just time-wasters.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2015, 04:49:49 PM »
I have no kids myself so it is pretty easy for me to just wake up and go to work. I am a night owl so 90% of the time the earliest I am in bed is maybe 2am. On days I have a lot of errands or plans for part of the day I will send myself a email before bed giving my self a breakdown of how to get stuff done. I think list are a good idea.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2015, 09:04:12 PM »
Your thread really caught my attention!  I, too, am at a struggling point.  My kids are 6, 4, and 2.  I think the reason I do struggle sometimes is guilt because I really want to be there for my kids as much as possible, yet we are also struggling financially so I know I need to find some ways to make some extra money.  I also struggle because our 4 year old was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 17 months old.  It is difficult because that, in itself, put a financial burden on our family; yet it is also one of the bigger reasons that I make my time with my kids a priority!

I agree with many of the other responses you have received.  My 6 year old is in school and the 2 year old naps.  Often times I will plan a block of time to work on the computer during that time.  I get playdoh, coloring, legos out at the table and sit next to my son while working.  That way he is still getting some of my time and I am getting things done.  Some of the more labor/though intensive things will have to wait until night time.  I, too, am exhausted by the time we get them all in bed, but can usually pull an hour or so out of myself!  I also do work a lot at this time of night.  My kids aren't in bed, but we are getting into settle down mode, so I will turn on a movie for them or allow them to have some iPad/computer time themselves.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2015, 01:28:43 PM »
My littlest one just went to kindergarten this year so it's been a lot easier. The last few years though, it was just during nap time (which got shorter and shorter until it was eventually gone) or just late at night. The time goes by so fast and I didn't want to waste it in front of the computer while my son was growing and I'm so glad I didn't! That being said, I am so blessed to have a husband who has a full time job so that I am able to stay home and not work if I choose. It's tough sometimes so the little bit I make comes in handy but if I'm not making much it doesn't hurt us too much.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2015, 02:10:57 PM »
The 6 year old is homeschooled. By the time the evening comes I run out of gas... I guess I just need to get up at 4 I am more of a morning person.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 03:19:40 PM »
I'm a SAHM with an awesome little 2.5 year old.  I felt horrible I'd work and he'd be alone.  I felt like I was abandoning him so I would just stop working and hang out with him.  Then, when I'd be at the store I'd want to get him something and felt bad it was my partner buying it.  he'd say it was from both of us but I've worked since I was 16 and was on my own since my earl to mid 20s, so I miss having my own money for things.

I made the (tough) decision that I had to divide my day up.  Sometimes, it's a little hard because if my partner comes home at a certain time then he basically knows he either will only see us for a bit or won't see us til the next day, but as a mom who has certain goals, it just has to happen that way.

I have tried waking up at 4am, but the earliest is 4:15am. 
  • I do the "small jobs" first: forum posting, replies to twitter or blog comments.
  • I do any paper work that I need to do.  QUICKLY check Facebook in case there is anything that NEEDS attention.  Same thing for email on all of my accounts.
  • I put together any blog post or review or whatever writing I need to do.  (This is rarely finished before my next chunk of work time starts but at least it gets started).
  • By 6, it's house time.  This means cats/dogs, mopping, sweeping, picking up, wiping, throwing out, etc.  I do clean up/wipe down/pick up routinely so it goes by quick.  (Both my son AND his dad are messy ::) ).  Then I start room of the day (which is Mondays).  I never finish room of the day before the chunk of time is done.  Room of the day happens only on Mondays, luckily.  Room of the day is whatever room is getting done...IT'S GETTING MAJOR CLEANED.  This means walls are getting scrubbed, so are the floors, any fan/lamp fixtures/ windows, curtains...EVERYTHING.  This is why it happens only one room a week. ;)
  • By then if I'm lucky, my king is still sleeping.  He probably isn't though.  So it's mommy-baby-booby time hanging out in the bed for a while.  Then we hang out in the living room.  And then he plays for a while.  IF he still sleeping I'll work on anything online until he wakes up which, unless we had a late family time night, is at 7am.  When booby time is over and he plays, I do clean the bathroom and the kitchen. 
Then, it's breakfast and after that it's mostly baby led time. After breakfast, it's play time, homeschooling, playtime, snack.  Then it's his "alone" time which he plays on the porch while I do any work I need to get done.  Then more us time, toys get picked up, bath, lunch, nap (where I take a quick 15minute nap with him).  During his nap I do clean/wipe/pick and finish the room of the day or any other cleaning I hadn't gotten done or anything online.  After his nap, it's snack time, four-leggers again, starting dinner, rechecking replies/comments/emails/posts.  And we just hang til dinner.  If we're going out the next day, I'll get everything ready before sitting for dinner.  Before bed I do clean/wipe/pick, set my to do list, prep breakfast if necessary, we bathe, relax in bed while reflecting on the day, and that's it. 

I DO work only Monday through Fridays.  On Saturdays I do only the morning work.  And on Sundays I do no work (we do picnic breakfasts on SUndays).  IF I have to record a video then I do so either during his nap or when his dad is here.

Truth is I like to get everything done as quick as possible so that when he's up from his nap, it's us time.  It may seem like a lot but the way I was doing it before, I was taking up too much of his time to work on the house or online/offline and I thought "well damn, this isn't what I became a SAHM for."  I was really struggling with that. I felt horrible.  I would find myself crying sometimes on him.  My partner said I was being silly that I WASN'T abandoning him but it's how I felt. :( :( :(   So I'd just stop working.  I would rather be broke and feel like I'm not failing him, than have money and feel like he's growing without me.

That's why I decided to just get myself organized.  I have my schedule on my fridge.  I have a bulletin board with things that I need to do.  I prep my to do list and stick it also on my fridge (yes I'm at the fridge a lot  lolol ;D ).  I don't take on more than I can, so my bulletin board is prioritized by levels and each level has a max of items.

I know it seems overboard.  I KNOW.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D   BUT, doing it this way and waking up at at 415 (I am NOT a morning person) has allowed me to feel like I have balanced my work time with my mommy time.  And to be honest, I don't always stick to the schedule.  Just today, I was doing some paperwork and he was during his alone time (which I think is important for kids - they're just like us), and I go 'eff it'.  I closed up "shop" and we played with his trains.

Just sit and think about what you need to do, make a schedule, and STICK to it.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 09:34:49 PM »
I have no children, but I have found the best time to make your work-at-home is after midnight when everybody else is sleeping and there are little chances to get something or someone distracting you.

Not sure is matter of aging, but nowadays is hard for me stay awaken all night long, but I used to work from late night to dawn, then sleep  4-6 hours and take back my regular life.

Hmm with children and potential spouse/partner this might not be a good idea at all, or schedule has to be moved to "as late night as possible" and to "stay up as early as possible"

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2015, 12:22:14 PM »
Well, I am not a mommy, but I do have to manage time with my kids. My wife works during the day, and I have a part-time job at night. To save on daycare, I have the kids. Getting up very early seems to help getting some online work done without interruptions. When I am still at it, like now, at 11 a.m., I am constantly having to leave the computer to do something for the young ones. Although it is irritating, at least with online work, it is usually still available when you can get back to it.

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Re: Balancing Mommy Time and money time
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2016, 04:34:24 PM »
I put my kids down for a nap since they're still at the young age where they can take them. They sleep for about 2-3 hours so I get my work done then. But if you can also just give them activities to do and try to get some work done as well during the day.

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