7 Moms Share How They Juggle Work and Family

Running a business is hard enough. Throw parenting into the mix and things can get hectic.

So, I asked a group of successful mompreneurs who belong to Connecting Conroe Business Women, the networking group I facilitate, to weigh in on the big question:  HOw do you juggle work and family?

Side Note:  If you are looking for a networking group in Montgomery County, Texas, you can find Connecting Conroe Business Women on Meetup and Facebook.

How to Juggle Work and Family

Each mompreneur had a different twist in their answer.  Which leads me to believe and every mom, and every family, is different, and different solutions work.


I don’t. Even though neither of my kids live at home I will always respond if their number comes up on the caller ID. Same with the hubby, because they would never call during normal business hours if it wasn’t important to them. For less important things they text ” call me asap” and I do.

No matter what I am doing the needs of the 3 most important people in my life are my top priority.

Clients come next.

Then me.

I will even schedule time for my workout in the calendar, to make myself a higher priority. – Lynda Davies, Fit2BAwesome, LLC


Personal connection is one of my top core values and that carries over into my family life as well. I am a former empty nester. Former because our daughter moved back in with us to do her nursing program. We email and text throughout the day and I intentionally make time for ‘focused’ moments with them. It may be 5 minutes or more but daily contact of some sort to check on them is very important to me. Being an adult, my daughter mostly just needs ‘sounding board’ and advisory times with me. One thing that has always kept us sane during stressful times is lots of laughter together! – Monica League, Massage Therapist and Radio Personality


I try to set work power hour times in 15 minute increments (one hour is too long). So I’ll tell the kids- I’m working Jamberry for just 15 minutes and try to give them something else to do during that time. I also like going to chick fila where there’s an enclosed glass play area where I can watch the kids and work on jamberry. My girls also help me some since they are my little business partners & it’s easier now that my first set of twins are older. It can be hectic & overwhelming to juggle work & family. 🙂 – Suzy Snow, Jamberry


For me my work schedule is ever changing. The more of a routine we have at home, the easier it is to manage running the household and the kids’ schedules. Of course, there will always be the occasional rescheduling of family events due to work demands. The key is working as a team; my Husband and two teenage daughters work with me as a team to help the home life run smoothly; everyone contributes and participates to make it work out. It’s important to be flexible, and good to show your kids routine, but to accept those unexpected situations and to be able to adapt and overcome. Family = team effort =) – Michelle Dixon, Real Estate Professional


Since I work from home I get up before the kids and work and then work off and on depending on their needs after they get up. – Amber Munos, Paparazzi


I set a timer for myself and the kids. I have 4 kids (10, 8, 4, and 9 months) and when the timer is going Mommy works uninterrupted for that time and when the timer goes off, I walk away from my work. It works most of the time and it makes that time super focused and intentional for me. – Callie Wardell, DoTerra Wellness Advocate


My kids are older (20,19,16 and 12) so they have chores around the house to do and my husband actually does a lot of the housework too. I get a lot of work done while they are sleeping in when not in school or while they are at school. I sometimes get them to help me out buy carrying heavy boxes or such. I plan a menu for the week so I know if I need to get any meat out for dinner in the morning and also love cooking with a crockpot /slow cooker for dinners. My business stuff is pretty flexible and I’ve done things from my phone while out with the family. – Kelli Ward, the ecom mom


So, what about you? How do YOU juggle work and family?

Bossy Girls Grow up to Be Leaders

Bossy Girls Grow Up to Be Leaders

I will never forget the day Keith Carlson told me our 7th grade Home Economics teacher said I was a bossy girl. We were sitting in our assigned “kitchenette” and I became indignant. That moment could have changed me. It might have crushed my confidence. Instead, I embraced the bossy girl in me.

If you are raising a bossy girl, here are some tips to transition your perception of her bossiness into effective leadership.

Signs That Your Daughter May Be a Strong Leader

Is your daughter a strong leader? Do you suspect that she might grow up to be an effective and proactive leader? Or maybe you aren’t sure what to look for. Still others might wonder why bother – does it matter if you discover leadership abilities early? Actually, some sources say it does matter. Observing leadership qualities early means parents, teachers and caregivers can work to develop those talents so they do not fall by the wayside.

If you want to make sure you develop your daughter’s leadership qualities, here are some signs to watch for. Some of them may surprise you!

Talkative

Does it sometimes drive you crazy that your daughter talks so much? Actually, being talkative may be a sign of things to come. A chatty nature indicates a daughter with excellent verbal skills, which are important for good leaders. Did your daughter talk early and proficiently? This may be a sign that he or she will be a good leader.

Treats Others with Respect

If you notice that your daughter seems to end up in responsible positions – team captain, for instance, or band director – and you know he didn’t get that position because of “muscling” his way to the top or bullying others, then this may be a sign of leadership ability. Notice if your daughter seems to have others “gravitate” toward her and wish to emulate her. Take note whether or not this is due to respectful treatment. If it is, you may have a strong leader on your hands.

Sees Both Sides

Some kids show an ability to understand both sides of an issue. They tend to be peace keepers, helping two arguing kids to see reason, for instance.

In the Know

Does your daughter always know what’s going on? Is he or she always aware of the latest happening at school or in the family? This is not the same as being a gossip (that’s not a good leadership quality), but it does mean that he or she is paying attention and interested in what’s going on with others.

Inquisitive

A good leader is not afraid to ask questions, but he/she is not afraid to go looking for answers on his own, either. Too much questioning may show self-doubt – your daughter is always trying to make sure about things – but healthy questions that spring from a true desire to know more about something may be a sign of leadership ability.

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Scared to Fail

by Amy Edmonson

I remember the first day of kindergarten. It felt like I didn’t sleep the night before. My mind went through everything that could go wrong. I would forget how to spell my name. I would trip in front of everyone. I would miss my bus. But the worst was I was horrified that no one would like me. I would be different. I would have on clothes that would be different and make me look like a dork. I would say something stupid or say I liked something uncool. I was so worried about standing out. I wanted to look like, sound like, act like everyone else. I even asked my grandma for my ninth birthday to get a jean shirt and jean jacket that everyone else was wearing. She laughed because I told her now I was like all my friends.

I would love to say that as I got older, I outgrew that need to be exactly like everyone else. Unfortunately, it got worse. I decided what clothes I got based on what everyone else had on. My music wasn’t really about what I liked but more what everyone was listening to. My biggest high school fear was standing out. The kids whom found their own path didn’t do so well in a school of people trying find acceptance by pushing others out. Marching to your own drum didn’t come with heaps of friends. As a so called grown up, it didn’t get much better. We ask people “those” questions. What school did you go to? What job do you have? Who did you marry? Do you have kids? If you think that we adults have lost the desire to fit in, tell a group of people your dreams, you want to start a business instead of getting a job, or you have seven children. Sometimes, they are truly shocked but sometimes there is a look of disgust.

It wasn’t until my children started school that it truly hit me. I saw them stuff their strengths, their talents, their dreams so that others wouldn’t laugh. Seeing such amazing children with unlimited potential scared to fail made me realizes that I want to stand out. I want to do what others don’t. I want to look weird. I want people to laugh. Leaders stand out. Winners stand out. Champions stand out. They are successful and you remember them because they get out of the crowd of mediocrity as fast as their legs will carry them. Mediocrity hurts far more than failing. Mediocrity sticks forever. Laughter last a moment.

To get where I want to go, I have to be me. Not the me that the world wants to see but the me I need to be. I need to embrace what has value to me and accept being laughed out as a compliment. I am unique for a reason. My song will be sung, loud, strong, and slightly off key. But I will be brave enough to sing it.


Amy Edmonson

Amy Edmonson

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Amy Edmonson is an award-winning writer, former military wife and proud mother of seven beautiful children ages 2 to 13. She encourages women to share their personal story through individually created custom lockets by Origami Owl.

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