If you’ve ever wondered how to balance an at-home job or responsibilities with your regular routine of taking care of the house and kids, you might be interested in an online course I’ve recently begun called Balancing Diapers and Deadlines. The course is completely online and provides you with several units and lessons of content on trying to balance everything while still being productive. Lisa Tanner Writing has provided a close look at how to work much smarter to accomplish goals in a reasonable amount of time.
Women seem to be working from home more and more. Perhaps her work at home is a small business selling essential oils, a homeschool review blog, taking orders for a large company, providing feedback to companies, creating a handmade product to sell in an online shop, or even selling thrift store finds on Ebay. Whatever it may be, there is a certain level of NEW stress when trying to juggle the demands of job obligations with the responsibilities of running a household. For homeschooling mothers, or moms with young children, it can be even more difficult to try and figure out how to get it all done.
The e-course Balancing Diapers and Deadlines tackles these issues. The online class is taken completely online on the Lisa Tanner Writing website. While the text of the course is the vast majority of the information presented, there are some extra resources included, such as links to blog posts further explaining ideas, or attachments of printables to use to carry out action steps.
The Units in the course are seen below. Please note that if you click “Show Lessons”, there is a breakdown that appears and it shows all of the different parts of that Unit and whether or not you have completed it yet so you can keep track of where you are next time you log in.
The lessons are a short read and don’t take long to go through. It would be easy to get through at least one lesson a day, and maybe even more. Once you reach the end, Lisa Tanner gives you an Action Step or something to think about to further dive into the material she has presented during the lesson. Once you are done, click Mark Lesson Complete. Any associated downloads will be found directly within the lesson.
The topics covered aren’t just for people that are working a big time job at home. I found a LOT of the information to be helpful for anyone that stays at home with kids in general! She has some good tips and ideas about how to go about cleaning, doing laundry, and how to assign chores and other work to chilren throughout the week. She even talks about having an annual meal plan, which works on a 7 day rotation – just to simplify your life and not have to stress about the food that will end up on the table.
The ideas about that were presented well and opened my mind to some new ideas, which surprised me! I thought I had seen it and tried it all in the past decade and a half of staying at home, but apparently not! She even shared FIVE YEARS of her annual meal plans as an example. I’m talking breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. She even includes snacks, plus tips on making good shopping lists for it. I really do want to implement this in our house ASAP.
Another tip that she gave was to assign each kid their own day. I won’t give it all away, but I do think I will start employing that idea more in my household once we get back from some holiday traveling so we can stay consistent to begin. The idea that she had for families with more than 7 children was a good on, too, so if you’re balancing a LOT of kids, there’s great information in this course, too. She also has a clever marble jar system that she explains for rewards and consequences for cleaning. I like the practical, but unique, ideas!
I honestly went into this course not expecting much. As a mom of 5, I really thought I had thought of it all. I was SO pleasantly surprised at the new informatino and the fresh perspective from this course. I haven’t completed it yet, but I will! I’m taking my time so that I can really dive into it one step at a time. Luckily, I will have lifetime access to it, so there is no rush! It will be nice to be able to go back to it later, too, to refresh my memory on a few sections.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and don’t know WHERE to start, I highly recommend this course from Lisa Tanner.
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