Drawing Boundaries When Working from Home
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It is easy for the lines to become blurred between work and home life when both occur under the same roof. For your sanity and your family’s happiness, draw the line and resist crossing it. Learn to set boundaries for yourself when working from home.

In a perfect world, it would be wonderful if working from home would get the respect that it deserves. Instead, there are the misconceptions that just tweak you off every time you hear them. Here are just a few:

  • Spouses that expect you to cook and clean because you are physically in the home even though you are actually working a business. So you might here things like “what do you do all day” when they know very much what you do or “well I work all day”.
  • Friends joke that you are “living the life of Reilly” because you get to lounge around all day in your sweatpants.
  • Kids don’t respect the closed door or the “office hours” and run in and out of the office constantly because you are accessible to them when you work from home.
  • Teachers look at you sideways because you are not always volunteering in the classroom since “you have so much time on your hands”.

It’s hard, but manageable if you can follow these simple steps for setting boundaries for your home business:

  • Dress for work – Get up just like the rest of your family and get dressed as you would for the office. This lets them know that you are in work mode.
  • Keep a calendar of family and business events – Everyone needs to add their activities to this calendar. Avoid scheduling family stuff during designated business hours and vice versa. If it looks like you are free when you are not, explain that it is work time.
  • Set the stage for work – Hang a sign on your door to let others know that you are busy. This sends a clear message to those who can read. For younger children, instruct sitters and older family members to handle anything that doesn’t involve threat of imminent death when you are in “Do Not Disturb” mode.
  • Be flexible – How many times have we heard this? Moms are multi-taskers of the first order. When it is important to complete a project or talk to a client, try to do so when the house is quiet. You are fighting a losing battle at 5 pm but may have a ghost of a chance to get crucial business done at 5 am. Work around your family so that they don’t feel slighted and neither does your business. But there are times when you can ask for the assistance of your family, to make them feel included whether it’s stuffing envelopes or filling boxes, it’s more cost-effective to use them then to outsource certain tasks.

From the very beginning, drawing the boundary lines is crucial. Everyone will know your expectations and will understand the validity of what you do and how important it is. Good communication is the key here.

It’s Here Our 4th Issue of The SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine

SMPM tablet cover November 2014 Welcome To The Fourth Issue of“the SpecialMoms Parenting magazine”.  I am so excited to share this issue with you!

I can’t believe this is our fourth issue of the SpecialMoms Parenting magazine. It has been an extreme honor sharing the stories of these inspiring women who are making an impact in the community. 

Over the last year we have interviewed over 20 motivating women and men who are advocating for their child with special needs, while becoming entrepreneurs! 

We shared with you over 30 articles from business, health, education, advocacy and more!

This FREE digital magazine was designed to celebrate the contributions of women, mom entrepreneurs who are making an impact in the special needs community. 

To start receiving your free online copy of the magazine, please subscribe here!

In this FREE download, you will:

  • meet 5 inspiring moms who are making a difference not only in the special needs community but for their child as well.
  • learn how these motivating women try to find balance and harmony in their lives, while juggling the demands of caring for their families.  All while creating awareness and advocating for their child, running a business, blogging or even writing a book!
  • we wanted to spotlight a few of the SpecialMoms that we interviewed in the past and see where their businesses are at now
  • read more about “Smith-Magenis Syndrome” from a Mom Advocate  and more!

So are you excited to meet these wonderful moms?

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Here’s a peek at the feature articles inside this issue:

    • Charitable Giving At The Holidays: by: Tawni Reller
    • Surviving The Holidays With Food Allergies by: Lauren Kossack
    • The Amazing Benefits of Yoga by: Helene Shafer
    • Business Briefcase: Networking To Promote Your Work From Home Business by: Marla Murasko
    • Occupational Therapy Corner: Top Toys For Children With Sensory Process Disorder by: Cara Koscinski
    • Passing the Torch: Life changing conversations every special needs parent needs to have by: Lenore Vassil
    • Look Where They Are Now! (Spotlight on some past SpecialMoms) by: Marla Murasko
    • and more!

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Meet Our Featured SpecialMom – Katie Driscoll

Katie Driscoll  Meet Our Featured SpecialMom   Katie Driscoll I am so happy to introduce you to Katie Driscoll.  She is our new Featured SpecialMom of the month.

I know Katie personally, and she is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.  I had the wonderful fortune to meet her through Changing the Face of Beauty, a campaign that she has founded with Steve English.  Their mission is “to integrate individuals with disabilities into general advertising.  It is our goal that all people will be represented all the time. It is just right.”

I can’t wait any longer, let me introduce this wonderful Mom.  Read more here.

SpecialMoms Has A Blogger Directory – Want To Be Apart Of It?

Do you have a blog?  Would you like to submit your blog to our directory ~ it’s free! Here is the form to submit.

Please note this is strictly for those that are members of the SpecialMoms | A Special Needs Parenting Club and that have a blogging site.  If you have a business that you would like to market, please visit our Marketplace to promote your products and services at very reasonable prices.

 

Visit it here.

Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs to Follow in 2013 {Infographic}

Wow what an amazing honor!

 

The past few weeks have been so amazing here at SpecialMoms.  Let me share with you why.

First as the picture above states, SpecialMoms has been listed as one of “Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs To Follow in 2013”.  I am so honored to have been contacted by Nicole Orozco, the creative mind behind SapphireGraphics.co to let me know that SpecialMoms has been listed #17 on this list of amazing .  Check out Nicole’s has amazing portfolio of fun, modern graphic designs.  Love how she is promoting her company and passion for graphic design by creating this amazing infographic. (Read more about our amazing news below infographic – it really is amazing!)
Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs to Follow in 2013 By: SapphireGraphics.co.

 

Next we were contacted by PhD in Special Education that SpecialMoms has again been listed on their “Top 100 Special Needs  Resources on the Web”.  Wow another amazing honor to be mentioned is such amazing company.

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And lastly and equally an amazing honor, and this is where I need your help.  SpecialMoms has been nominated for the 2013 Reader’s Choice for Favorite Special-Needs Online Community.  Please take a moment to vote for us.  You can vote once a day, every day through March 19.  I would greatly appreciate your support.  Please click on this link to vote: http://specialchildren.about.com/od/readerschoice/tp/Readers-Choice-Community.htm

Thank you all for your amazing support of this community of blessed women.

 

Marla

 

Meet Our Featured SpecialMom – Ali Foley Shenk

I would like to take this time to introduce to you our Featured SpecialMom of the Month – Ali Foley Shenk.

Ali is a work-at-home mom living in Richmond, VA, with her husband and our 3 boys – Cole (5), Dean (3.5), and Emmett (21 months).  She is an editor and writer, and volunteers for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research.

Her son Dean, who will be 4 this year, was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome.  Prader-Willi syndrome is a congenital (present from birth) disease. It affects many parts of the body. People with this condition are obese, have reduced muscle tone and mental ability, and have sex glands that produce little or no hormones.

Ali is a great example of a SpecialMom, let me share with you her interview.

Domeo iPad Case Covers: Loft Folio Review and Giveaway

My husband just recently purchased a new iPad for me since I plan to attend more blogging conferences, which I was very grateful for.  However, I realized at my last blogging conference that the iPad was so low and I wished there was a way that I could prop it up so I didn’t have to look down the whole time, causing me to get a neck ache after awhile.  I also wished that I had a wireless keyboard to streamline my blogging experience.

Well I guess a little elf heard my wishes, because this Christmas my husband gave me an Apple Wireless Keyboard ~ love it! 

It’s makes typing with an iPad so much easier, more comfortable and basically streamlines your typing experience.

My husband told me that he got it at Best Buy for $69.99.  A great buy!

Then I was introduced