Available Now
MetroKids
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print
Feb 21, 2014
06:00 AM
MomSpeak

WAHMs, Appreciate the Wins

WAHMs, Appreciate the Wins

As a work-at-home Mom (WAHM), it’s the little successes that get me excited. As a sole proprietor of a PR business, I work for authors and small businesses, developing press material and obtaining media exposure for them. This past week a high-profile business approved a press release I wrote, a newspaper ran coverage of a client’s event and I was invited to do a radio interview on “Real Life with Jennifer Till.” I’m part of the ranks of millions of other moms nationwide seeking to grow a business, maintain work/life balance and also be “on-call” when the kids have snow days, days off, etc.

As I write this, my kids are off for President’s Day, the fifth day in a row since there were two snow days last week. It’s a pleasure to spend extra time with them when they have off from school, but this is not a job a client is paying me to do. Moms, wouldn’t it be great to be paid to watch your kids on snow days or to do the school drop-offs and pick-ups?

Moms (and some dads, too) do double duty as drivers, cooks, psychologists and more, clocking a 94-hour work week on average, according to Salary.com. Based on the 10 most laborious tasks noted by more than 6,000 mothers, Salary.com estimated it would cost $113,586 a year to replace them. That’s a meager $624 (0.5 percent) raise since the same study in 2012.

Kudos to my parent friends who juggle a career and kids successfully and keep both running smoothly. A dad colleague of mine sent me a referral recently – a recent text from him was something like, “Can’t talk now. Have to pick kids up, help with homework, drive to gymnastics..” I had to laugh because that is my life.

WAHMs should relish small victories – hopefully, this will propel them toward great wins. There are highs and lows to being a consultant or sole proprietor, but the flexibility is key if your spouse is working long hours or has a long commute.

Look on the bright side. Every rejection of a proposal will get you one step closer to a “Yes.” Just sending out proposals is a good sign – businesses are interested in your services. 

What are your victories this past week?

Erin Flynn Jay is a Philadelphia writer, public relations executive and mom of two preschoolers. Check out her blog, Mastering the Mommy Track.

Add your comment:

MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Closing the Achievement Gap Is Vital

Closing the Achievement Gap Is Vital

A local educator believes that passionate teaching is key to closing the achievement gap in academic performance.

Comments

Autism Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

Autism Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

Find out what happened during Autism Awareness Day 2014 at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Comments

Three Days on the Disney Dream

Three Days on the Disney Dream

Our editor's family Caribbean cruise on the Disney Dream

Comments

Don't Be a Beast at Walt Disney World!

Don't Be a Beast at Walt Disney World!

Etiquette tips on how to be a good Walt Disney World guest

Comments

Special Needs Siblings

Special Needs Siblings

Resilience, compassion and an appreciation for life are a few of the lessons learned by siblings of kids with autism and special needs.

Comments

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
 Friendship and Childhood Cancer

Friendship and Childhood Cancer

A mom recalls the way her daughter's cancer fight cast her closest friendships in a new light.

Comments

Protect Your Credit After the Target Credit Breach

Protect Your Credit After the Target Credit Breach

Make sure your credit and identity are protected in the wake of the Target credit breach.

Comments

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie Cubes

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie Cubes

A quick and easy recipe to use up spinach in a healthy, delicious way

Comments