Archive | June 26, 2008

El Mito Más Grande del Trabajo en el Hogar/ Refutado … Por Elisa Garcia

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Mito: Si usted trabaja en su hogar, usted tiene todo el tiempo en el mundo.

Hecho: Si usted trabaja en su hogar, su tiempo es su el propio hasta que sus clientes exijan de otra manera. Entonces, impactantemente, usted tiene apremios apenas como todos.

Evidencia:

Jackie programó la nueva instalación del plato basado en los satélites este último fin de semana.  En la mañana de lunes, como una pareja buena y cariñosa, ella recolectó todas nuestras cajas de la televisión por cable de Comcast y telecontroles y alambres y las lió cuidadosamente en mi coche. “Puede usted funciona éstos por el centro de servicio y les da vuelta adentro?” ella pidió. “No quisiera que nos cargaran para otro día.”

Pocos minutos más tarde ella entró en la cocina con su blusa verde y favorita.  Movía de un tirón simultáneamente los huevos, jugo de colada, y shooing un perro entusiasta con mi pie. “Usted piensa que esta camisa esta muy arrugada?” ella pidió acentuado. Por supuesto dije que no era. “Quise realmente usar el negro,” Jackie continua, “pero es sucio. ¿Usted le piensa puede lanzar quizá en una carga de la ropa oscura hoy? Y cerciórese de utilizar las suspensiones derechas.  Esto colgaba en la clase incorrecta.” Nomas suspiré y acabo de sacudo mi cabeza, pulpa anaranjada y los pedacitos de la tortilla de huevos en mis pantalones.

Después de aclarar los platos, de vestir Alina, de caer del correo, de llamar al doctor, de estrallar por el almacén, de volver los cables, de subrayar, y de poner Alina abajo para una siesta, finalmente abrí una sesión a la computadora.  Ése es cuando noté una tarjeta de visita del agente de seguro en mi escritorio junto a nuestro último análisis del fideicomiso de la hipoteca.  Llame por favor el agente para una cotización hoy, dijo la nota de post-it manuscrita de acompañamiento adornada con una cara de sonrisa.  Y llama a Wells Fargo también, por favor, Jackie había escrito.

Grité prácticamente hasta que recordara que Alina era (agradecidamente) dormida. ¿Jackie no sabía que hacía frente a un plazo de la audición de la voz superpuesta, un capítulo corrige, y seis postes del blog? ¿Ella no sabía que también necesité prepararme para una videoconferencia Y cerciorarse de Alina era alimentada, feliz, limpia, y estimulado intelectual? Por supuesto ella hizo.  Pero, como mucha gente desconocedora con los intrincaciones del trabajo en el hogar, ella acaba de asumir mi horario autoimpuesto permitido naturalmente para la flexibilidad infinita. ¡Y ella vive conmigo!

Flash de noticias: El trabajo en el hogar trabaja solamente si usted puede trabajar realmente.  Lanzar una carga en la arandela mientras que usted escribe (o diseñe o registre o venda o pinte o lo que) no es realmente ninguna gran cosa.  Lanzando una carga en la arandela, clasificando suspensiones, las diligencias corrientes, cocinando la cena, tendiendo a un niño, y escribiendo la copia sólida de las propiedades inmobiliarias antes de un plazo del 5:00 están al lado de imposible. 

Realizo que, como bendicen a las madres del trabajo en el hogar, nosotros más allá de creencia para tener la oportunidad de combinar negocio y a la familia.  Acaricio mi flexibilidad inherente y la tecnología que produce esta mezcla, y disfruto con el hecho de que puedo programar las citas del doctor y los playdates y los entrenamientos sin preocuparme.  Pero junto con las gratificaciones viene, bien, el trabajo.  Y para continuar permaneciendo casero y haciendo el dinero, necesito tanta hora de trabajo como la muchacha en el cubículo de la oficina.  Necesito que otros respetan mi tiempo tanto como yo les respeto … para realizar que no hay tiempo para el negocio personal durante las horas de oficina.  No me atrevo llamada mi trabajo fuera de los amigos caseros ocioso para charlar en el 2:00 el días laborables, y cuento con iguales a cambio.

Más adelante que noche elaboré mi propia nota de post-it (adornada con la cara de sonrisa) y puesto le al parabrisas de Jackie.  Era nuestra lista de la tienda de comestibles.

Por Elisa Garcia

The Biggest Work at Home Myth/ Debunked … by Elisa Garcia

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Myth: As a work at home mom, you have all the time in the world.

Fact:  As a work at home mom, your time is your own– until your clients demand otherwise.  Then, shockingly, you have constraints just like everybody else. 

Evidence:

Jackie scheduled the new satellite dish installation this past weekend.  On Monday morning, good and loving partner that she is, she gathered all of our Comcast Cable TV boxes and remotes and wires and bundled them up neatly in my car.  “Can you run these by the service center and turn them in?” she asked.  “I don’t want us to be charged for another day.”

A few minutes later she entered the kitchen wearing her favorite green top.  I was simultaneously flipping eggs, pouring juice, and shooing a zealous dog with my foot.  “Do you think this shirt is too wrinkled?” she asked pointedly.  Of course I said it was not.  “I really wanted to wear the black one, ” continued Jackie, “but it’s dirty.  Do you think you can maybe throw in a load of dark clothes today? And make sure to use the right hangers.  This was hanging on the wrong kind.”  I just sighed and shook my head, orange pulp and omelet bits running down my sweats.

After rinsing the dishes, dressing Alina, dropping off the mail, calling the doctor, dashing by the store, returning the cables, driving home, and putting Alina down for a nap, I finally logged on to the computer.  That’s when I noticed an insurance agent’s business card on my desk alongside our latest mortgage escrow analysis.  Please call the agent for a quote today, said the accompanying handwritten post-it note adorned with a smiley-face.  And call Wells Fargo too, please, Jackie had written.

I practically screamed until I remembered Alina was (thankfully) sleeping.  Didn’t Jackie know that I was facing a voiceover audition deadline, a chapter edit, and six blog posts? Didn’t she know that I also needed to prepare for a video conference AND make sure Alina was fed, happy, clean, and intellectually stimulated?

Of course she did.  But, like many people unfamiliar with work at home intricacies, she just assumed my self-imposed schedule naturally allowed for infinite flexibility.  And she lives with me!

News flash: Working at home only works if you can actually work.  Throwing a load in the washer while you write (or design or record or sell or paint or whatever) is really no big deal.  Throwing a load in the washer, sorting hangers, running errands, cooking dinner, tending to a toddler, and writing solid real estate copy before a 5:00 deadline is next to impossible.  

I realize that, as work at home mothers, we are blessed beyond belief to have the opportunity to combine business and family.  I cherish my inherent flexibility and the technology that affords this blend, and I relish the fact that I can schedule doctor appointments and playdates and workouts worry-free.  But along with the perks comes, well, work.  And in order to continue staying home and making money, I need as much work time as the girl in the office cubicle.  I need others to respect my time as much as I respect theirs … to realize that there is no time for personal business during office hours.  I don’t dare call my work outside the home friends to idly chat at 2:00 on weekdays, and I expect the same in return.

 Later that night I drafted my own post-it note (adorned with smiley-face) and affixed it to Jackie’s windshield.  It was our grocery list. 

by Elisa Garcia

Childcare and the Working Mom

By: Julia Rodriguez 

Yes, I still have to drive to work every morning and leave my daugher with a babysitter. Not only does the price of babysitting give me a headache but the way that some of these facilities are caring for children too. I know that if I want my daughter to be taken care of a certain way I should stay home and do it myself and I am working on that thanks to www.motherhoodincorporated.com.  But if  parents are paying someone to take care of their children they should do a good job at it and realize that they are not only earning their money but also molding the minds of the next generation.  It frustrates me to find that a lot of these home based centers think that by just placing the child in front of the TV all day is good. Not for me. I want my daughter to interact, learn and experiment with new things.  I have searched and searched and found few people who really do care about the development of a child.

As I researched to find the ideal daycare for my child I was upset to find that every facility interview I went to were pretty much the same. Child arrives, child eats, child watched TV, child sleeps and so on until you pick them up. No reading, no story time nothing that stimulates their brain.  This was upsetting to me. I was reading my city’s newspaper and found a Head Start program for children 0-4 years old. BINGO!  I enrolled her in this free program and pay a sitter to stay with her for the five hours she is there.  My daughter loves it and I feel less guilty leaving her when I go to work.  Not only does she get to play, but they also do art activities, dance, field trips and more. Its perfect. 

Don’t  get me wrong I am pretty sure that their are some great centers out there you just have to find time and do the research. I am just so happy that I can go to work and know that my daughter is having a good time.

Spring Cleaning for the Summer by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

 by sonia nunez

Ah yes, spring cleaning. To some who love to clean, it can be their second Christmas. To everyone else, it’s a dreaded chore.

Spring cleaning is something that doesn’t necessarily need to be done in the springtime, or even just the spring. However, there are certain cleaning chores that should be addressed at least annually, and it’s usually good to do many of these during a time of year when you can open windows for fresh air, and do some outdoor chores as well.

We’ve listed some here to consider; a good suggestion is to read through this material while considering your own home, and making an actual list of the chores you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. If necessary, break up this chore over the course of two days or two weekends so you don’t get overwhelmed.

Mattress and box springs. Your mattress and especially your box springs can collect dust and dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner hose and attachment and run them over both items.Refrigerator coils and underside. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and then, using your brush attachment, vacuum the dust from every crevice you can find. Detach the vent from the front and vacuum there, too. While the fridge is pulled out, clean the floor underneath it.

Air vents. Your air vents collect a lot of dust over the course of a year. Unscrew them from the wall or floor and vacuum when you can.Laundry room floor. Move your washer and dryer out from the wall and clean around and underneath. Wipe down both appliances.

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Surviving the Summer Heat – By Nicole Perkins

By Nicole Perkins

I live in Arizona and let me tell you – HOT does not even begin to describe what I am living through right now. I got into my truck yesterday, a truck that had been in the garage all day, and the temperature read 121* – IN THE SHADE!

Although I grew up in Alaska for the first 13 years of my life (talk about one extreme to another!), I’m pretty much acclimated to this heat by now, but my poor kids are constantly sweaty and red-faced. So here are a couple ideas that I’ve developed to keep them cool during these brutal summer months that seem to make it a little more bearable.

1. ALWAYS bring water. We fill up our water bottles everytime we leave the house. I know, it’s another step before you get out the door, but it’s so important for you and your kids to stay extra hydrated in the summer months. They say that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, so be prepared!

2. Keep a spray bottle in your purse. Those cars get ridiculously hot in the sun which means those car seats are smoldering too. I keep a spray bottle with me to cool them off before we get in – and the kids love getting a splash as well. Evian also has cute little aerosol water misters if you want to be fancy.

3. Keep your car cool. Find shade when you park, even if it means a few extra steps. It takes your car a lot longer to cool down than it does to walk a little further in a parking lot. And when you turn on your air conditioning, crack the windows and let it blow some of that hot air out for a second. Another trick if your car is really hot, drive through a car wash – the water and shade cools your car fast if it’s been sitting in the sun for a while.

4. Frozen teethers make great ice packs! My kids don’t need them for their teeth anymore, but if you keep them in the freezer, they are great for keeping snacks from melting and if the kids are really hot, they love to rub them on their faces.

5. Sunblock is essential. If you’re out, even for a minute, that sun can do a number on their innocent skin so always keep at least a stick of it in your bag. Don’t forget the tips of their ears, toes and scalp too!

These are just a couple of our daily tricks, and if you have any summer heat survival tips, please feel free to share them in the comments section. And please remember to watch your kids around water – it only takes a second!