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15 Struggles Only A Stay-at-home Mom Understands

15 Struggles Only A Stay-at-home Mom Understands

For many years, women were struggling to juggle careers and motherhood. Now, the tides seem to be turning, and more and more women are becoming stay-at-home moms. While many don’t see this as a career, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that this isn’t a full-time job. There is so much that you must do, and you are also going through a lot of emotional issues at the same time. Here are 15 of the struggles that only other stay-at-home moms are going to understand.

1. You’re more than just a mom

No matter what anyone thinks or says, you are a lot more than just a mom. You are a doctor, a psychiatrist, a mediator, a handy woman, a caregiver, an errand runner, and a whole lot more.

2. You have a rolling office

Your office space is now your vehicle. You will do everything from take kids to school, activities, and play dates to running errands and taking care of other motherly duties.

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3. You can multitask

No business professional is ever going to have multitasking skills as great as yours. You are likely cleaning messes, feeding kids, fixing toys, and many other things, all at the same time.

4. Your bosses are cute

Even though your bosses are demanding, they are the cutest little bosses you will ever have in your life.

5. You can’t slack on the job

If you slack off on your duties as a mom, the kids are going to let you know about it pretty quick. There really is no rest for the wicked, or in this case, no rest for a mom.

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6. You are real

You may not be a hot movie mom, but you are a real mom. Love your body as it is.

7. You won’t be promoted

This isn’t a job where you will be in line for a promotion. But, you know what? This is the best job you are ever going to have, and as Mom, you have the highest position anyway.

8. You understand workspace politics

You may not be at a traditional job, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be involved in workspace politics. You will often be called on to play mediator when your kids are fighting.

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9. Your bosses are demanding

You may not work for pay, but don’t think your bosses (your kids) aren’t going to be as demanding, or more, than any boss at any company.

10. You know guilt

You may feel guilty about not contributing to the household income, or for not being able to buy your children every single toy or treat that you want. It’s okay. Every mother feels the same guilt.

11. You get no pay bonuses

As a stay-at-home mom, don’t expect to receive monetary bonuses. In fact, there will be only one income, so you will be stretching every dollar as far as it will go.

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12. Your benefits are awesome

You may not make money as a mom, but you do get great benefits. Where else can you work where your employees are going to give you hugs and tell you how much they love you?

13. You have superpowers

You may not think you are anything special, but to your children, you are Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and every other female super hero, all rolled up into one.

14. You don’t go out with the girls

Happy hour for you is an hour alone and the possibility of being able to sit down with a glass of wine.

15. You expect the unexpected

When you have kids, life never runs smoothly. Unexpected expenses, accidents, etc. are always going to be popping up, but you always know how to handle them.

Featured photo credit: Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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