17 Moms Share Their Work-Life Balance Secrets

Have you ever met a mom that seems to do it all, and you are just dying to ask them, “How do you do it all?” Well, I asked 17 amazing work at home moms their secret to work-life balance, and they were happy to share.

 

“I’ve been self-employed for three years now. I’m a full-time blogger and freelance writer. I have two children who are twins. They are almost 3 years old. The only way I’ve been able to stay productive and work is to hire a nanny. It was very expensive and hard to do at first, but I realized that trying to write and answer emails while answering to them and taking care of them would never make my business successful. Now I work from 8-1 four days a week and I try to get as much done as possible in those hours. In the afternoons I spend time with them and it works really well for me!” Cat Alford, family finance expert and owner of CatherineAlford.com

 

 

 

“The best part about providing a service for fellow parents is that our hours of availability tend to be similar! I do my consulting during the day when my kids – and likely theirs – are either in school or, at the very least, napping. You have no idea how many consults I plan around napping schedules. ” Alina Adams, NYC School Secrets

Read how Alina’s makes a full-time income helping parents with kindergarten applications.

 

 

 

“I have set hours during the day where I know that I will be able to sit down and focus without too many distractions, and this is when I get the majority of the work done. Also after the kids go to sleep. I got used to committing to a few hours in the evening later than I normally would have worked. ” Remy Bernard, Miss Mami’s Cupcakes

Read how Remy’s earns $1,000 each month with Amazon.

 

 

When Dominique Reese was balancing a full-time job with her maintaining her own side business she said, “I learned the hard way, but eventually learned that trying to work my business after the 9-5 wasn’t fair to Ya’ir because he wanted my attention too and I was pooped anyway. So, I designated Saturdays as my day to work my business.” Dominique Reese, Reese Financial Services

 

 

 

“I always put my family first.  To me, at the end of my life, if I have done that, I will be happy.  Thus, I work when they are in school, and try to shut it off at 3:00.  Even a little bit a day helps.  Set a schedule that works for you.  It also helps to plan your To Do’s the night before, so you are ready to hit it hard in the morning, instead of spending an hour trying to determine your agenda for the day.” Michelle Gast, founder of BEAUTILITY and the inventor of the recoup BEAUTISCOOP

 

For me, I find it best to be as flexible as I can. Also acknowledging that as a WAHM I cannot default to my old ways of productivity. I need to adapt and find new ways that compliment my new season of life as I juggle work, home and kids. Instead of finishing a big project in one go, I ask myself, “what can I get done in the next 10 minutes? 15 minutes? or 20 minutes?” That way I don’t get frustrated when my toddler interrupts me in the middle of an hour-long project.” Maggie Baker, Everleigh Company

 

 

 

Be ruthless with your time! Work when YOU work best. Get up before the kids get up, work during nap time, or when they go to bed; plan your days the night before, and set a daily work schedule. Kids are full of surprises, and you never know what will happen in the next 5 minutes, so be sure your business isn’t being run the same way!” Lindsay Maloney, LindsayMaloney.com

 

 

 

“I have found it is best to create a weekly schedule of things I can realistically expect to accomplish. I emphasize the word ‘realistically’ because when I initially tried planning out my entire week, I became overwhelmed when I wasn’t able to accomplish my daily tasks. I realized it was because I expected too much. Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT a super hero. Once I came to this realization, I was able to plan my weekly schedule in a manner that decreased my stress load.” JaQuette Gilbert, JoyfullyJ.co

 

 

I just schedule my “deep work” tasks during nap time and when my son goes to daycare. I also type out all process no matter how silly I think they are on those days my brain is fried and I literally follow them verbatim.” Sarah Li-Cain, HighFivingDollars.com

 

 

 

 

“Balancing motherhood with working at home is an ongoing process and balancing act.  I started my business when my kids were 9.  At that time I picked them up from school every day at 3pm.  We would talk on the way home then it was right back to work.  They were old enough to know that when I was on the phone they needed to be quiet and that their responsibility was to do their homework or read for 30 minutes each day.” Katie DeCicco, Celebration Saunas

Read how Katie sells $1 million worth of saunas online annually.

 

 
“Don’t be afraid to “call in sick” when you have sick children. I always felt guilty about taking time off work when I began working remotely, but it will keep you sane after a long night of kids puking and babies with insomnia.” Mindi Rosser, social media for business strategist, MindiRosser.com

 

 

 

 

I would caution you about becoming too streamlined, or overly automated, because the biggest beauty of motherhood is its mystery. You wake up never knowing what your child will learn that day. You will always wonder how she suddenly found her balance. These unscheduled moments are the bits of glory in our lives. So yeah, make sure things are clean, and safe and everything you know they should be. But every now and then, forget to pre-pack that lunch. Stop somewhere instead, and have an adventure. Intentionally ignore the to-do list, and just sit in the yard with your little boy. Listen to him tell you about the the roly-poly. Your child is going to grow up before your eyes, quicker than you ever thought possible. So beg off that Skype meeting if you must. Let that phone call go to voicemail. Your most important sense of balance should be found in your heart. Everything else will automatically flow out of that.” Chanler Jeffers, TeamJeffers.com

 

“I think that balance looks different for each family.  You have to know what it is your children/spouse need and work from that perspective.  Every job has different requirements, too.  I think the most important factor in balancing motherhood/work is being purposeful.  You (and your spouse, if you have one) need to decide what your vision of family is, and go from there.” Laine Schmidt, business coach, LaineSchmidt.com

 

 

 

“To feel better about my time management, I have established who/what is the priority of that particular time of the day. For example, from 7am to 9am on weekdays, my kids (tweens) are the priority. I may still send some emails/messages or look something up online, but if they need me for anything, even something minor, I drop what I am doing for them. That way I know I have helped them start off the day right. On the other hand, when my kids first get home from school, from 2:30 to 5:30 or so, my work is my priority and the kids take a back seat unless there is an emergency or something time-sensitive. Everything worth doing should have some time of the day, or time of the week, where that thing is the priority.” Ann Marie Smith, Rodan+Fields consultant

 

The way I balance work and motherhood is by utilizing part-time daycare for my 2 1/2 year old, four days a week, and keeping my 8-month-old at home, working during her twice-a-day naps and a little on the weekends. This works as a freelance writer, but obviously, I realize how lucky I am to have this flexibility. At first, I felt the typical crushing mom guilt about sending my toddler off to daycare, but then I saw how much fun she was having with other kids, how much she was learning (she knows her continents, which is obviously a sign of being a child genius) and how happy she was to go back, and I knew that she was getting a great balance of social interaction and mom-time every week. Being a full-time SAHM is not for everyone and frankly, I don’t think all women are good at it. That includes me, and I had to learn to accept that and stop judging myself. I love being a mom and having a job. I’m certain it makes me a better, more engaged — and, especially, more sane — parent.” Amanda Kippert, freelance writer AmandaWritesThings.com

 

“Hire help – your time is worth more than $20/hr. Adjust expectations – you don’t have to be Martha Stewart. Get everyone to pitch in – who says mom has to do all the housework?” Ling Wong, Content Strategist + Copywriting Alchemist

 

 

 

“A little planning can go a long way. I plan both meals and self-care to make sure I have what I need throughout the week to stay energized, on track, and set up for success.Lori Zanini, dietitian and creator of the free 7-day diabetes meal plan

 

Ashley Eneriz is a work at home mom of two little girls and a finance writer. She has a passion for writing children's books and teaching other moms how to make money at home.

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7 thoughts on “17 Moms Share Their Work-Life Balance Secrets

  1. As someone with two businesses who is trying to have my first baby, this is very comforting. I sometimes fret over how impossible it must be to have children and be an entrepreneur, but it seems that it just takes patience, creativity, and the ability to adapt. Thank you all for sharing!

    • Hey Amber, thanks for stopping by. Honestly, I am a much more effective worker and make more money now with two kids than I ever did with no kids. It didn’t happen overnight, but having children helped me learn how to be more productive in all areas of my life. Best of luck to you!!!