Thursday, November 1, 2018

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Going from being childless to becoming a mother creates a whole set of difficulties when trying to balance business endeavors.  Before children, one can devote as much time as they want to reach their goals throughout the day, week or year.  However, once children come into the picture, those goals get sidelined by on the hour feedings, diaper changes, fish stick lunches and early bedtimes.

Many homeschooling mothers don't want to sideline their goals and aspirations just because they have children but they do not necessarily want to work outside the home and put their children into the public school system.  Maybe they want to help contribute financially to the family or wants to take some of the burden off the working spouse.  However, with no direction on how to start a business from the home, many woman fail before they ever get off the ground.  Balancing Diapers and Deadlines is a course from Lisa Tanner Writing    that is designed to help with time management, productivity and family management for the busy homeschool mom.
Balancing Diapers and Deadlines is written by Lisa Tanner, a homeschool mother of 8, who wanted to share with other moms the tips and tricks that she learned through the years to help you feel less stressed and more productive.  This 30 lesson course is broken down into 8 sections.

Units included are:

Building Your Foundation with the Basics
Minimizing your Decisions
Minimizing your Decisions: The Annual Meal Plan
Sustainable Growth
Growing a Business with Your Kids Around
Boost Your Productivity

What I Thought:

At this point in my life, I'm not interested in starting a business.  That's not to say that later down the road, things might change but right now, it's not on my agenda.  Because of this, I went into this course more with the train of thinking as to what type of information would I be interested in IF I were interested in starting my own business or working from the home.

Each portion is written as short but informative passages broken down into bite sized pieces.  This is great for just being able to read one or two sections when the opportunity arises as they are short enough to take around 5-10 minutes to read through. Some lessons

What I found was lots of information that could be applied to almost any aspect of trying to manage a family.  From tips in regards to time management to learning to actively communicate with all members of the family, including the children, in regards to making decisions that would ultimately affect the family as a whole.   Each lesson also includes an Action Plan, an activity to incorporate into your daily routines.

Balancing Diapers and DeadlinesSome of these lessons also focus on particular age groups.  How to approach a business with smaller children is much different than with older children in the home and because of this, the approach is different.  Oldest children in the home can actually be included in growing the home business and used as a teaching tool to help develop work ethics. The author gives many different tips on how to either include your children into the business or ways to instead keep those students entertained as to keep them busy while you work.

One thing I really enjoyed was the section in regards to meal planning.  The course suggests creating an annual meal plan.  This might seem very overwhelming - I typically spend a few hours planning on my weekly/two week menus but the author gives some great tips such as using theme nights to do this quickly.  I've been trying to work towards the annual meal planning for 2019.  For starting, I did a full month planning for just dinner for the month of October.  This worked really well for us.   For November, I'm incorporating more of the tips Lisa Tanner suggests, including planning for lunch and breakfast which are two meals I completely neglect for myself.  It will be nice to share all three meals with the families instead of our typical "fend for yourself" mentality.

Overall, there's lots of helpful tools, suggestions and tips that anyone could benefit from, not just those considering working in the home.

For more information about Balancing Diapers and Deadlines, visit the website.  You can also find more information about Lisa Tanner Writing at the following social media sites:

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines {Lisa Tanner Writing Reviews}

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