Being a momtrepreneur is very challenging yet rewarding. When you have children and a business, your kids always come first, however, your business is extremely important too. Very often you have to be creative and think of ways to be there for both your children and your business at the same time.
I am fortunate that I have a very large house and can run my business from home. So while my baby sleeps I can work. Because my baby is still very tiny and still comes for a feed every three hours, I am constantly stopping and restarting my projects.
Recently my family has been faced with some extra challenges. My daughter ended up in a hospital that is over an hour away from home for five days right in the hype of the Christmas season. She needs someone with her 24/7, so we had to take turns. While my husband was at work I would stay with her until he was done. Then he'd stay with her and I would go home to get a few hours in to making gift baskets, and delivering them.
It was very stressful, but we learned a few things. I took with me to the hospital whatever I could do there while she was sleeping. The handmade bows I could make in the hospital. Also, I could do invoicing and take orders from the hospital. After a couple days I stopped taking Christmas orders. I also hired friends and family to help me with wrapping my baskets and stocking shelves.
Several tips I can give from this experience is; (1) don't be afraid to ask for help. If its needed it doesn't hurt to ask. If its possible hire help temporarily. There is always moms who would love to get hired for a couple of hours while their children are in school. (2) Don't forget to take time to yourself. Go have a shower, get in a half hour or hour nap, grab a cup of coffee or tea, make yourself a good healthy meal, take your vitamins. It's important that if you're going to be this stressed out that you can still think with a clear head and have the energy to keep going. (3) Dont get discouraged. Stay positive because negativity will only tire you out more. This too shall pass. You are doing your very best and this is just a bump that you'll get over. (4) Although your children should always come first, you did also invest a lot of time and money into your business and it is also very important. If it's possible rather than shutting down, try to get creative. Try find ways that you can do both your child and your business. (5) Clean up after yourself. Every time I work on my baskets I always make sure that at the end of the day I spend about 15 minutes cleaning up my area. Sweep the floor and put all the supplies away in their proper places so that when you start again in the morning you have a fresh start.
My mother used to tell me where there is a will, there is a way. I believe that saying. It is rewarding to be able to watch your children and business grow at the same time. No one said it would be easy, but its definitely something to look back on and say I did my very best.
Making bows while sitting in the hospital with my daughter.