From the time I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Fast forward to adulthood. I got married, taught elementary school, had two kids, and forgot the dream.
Two years ago my husband and I were both working full time and enjoying the empty nest lifestyle. And then my daughter dropped a bombshell. She was pregnant.
After being empty nesters for exactly 364 days, our 19-year-old daughter moved back home. Life was good, and I was getting the itch to retire after 30 years in public education.
With the impending birth of our first grandchild, I wanted to retire and stay home to care for the baby. That way our daughter could work and finish college. I convinced my husband to go along with the plan.
And then a new plan slowly hatched. That childhood dream surfaced after all those long years. I wanted to become a writer.
So, February 1, 2017, I officially retired and began to pursue my dream. And precious Eli was born the end of March that year.
I’d start my new career with all the spare time I’d have staying home with my grandson.
Wow. Was I in for a surprise!
It had been 20 years since my last child was born, so I’d forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn in the house. And I’m a lot older now, lol.
Even though it’s been hard starting a writing career while caring for a child, I’m making it work.
Want to discover the secrets to successfully working from home with kids in the house? I’ve got a few tips to share.
I started out just winging each day as it came. Big mistake if you want to get anything accomplished besides feeding yourself and the kids. You need some type of structure and plan to be productive.
First, create goals for your business. Once you’ve got a few goals written down, it’s important to break them down into actionable tasks. Then schedule them out into quarters, months, and weeks. Check out this simple process for getting organized once and for all.
Regardless what you may think, you can’t do everything. It was hard enough before the kids came along. So, it’s time to let go of perfectionism and rethink your priorities.
Have your husband help out some evenings or a few hours during the weekend. No husband or he’s not willing? Check with a grandparent or aunt and uncle. If this isn’t possible, try one of these ideas.
Whatever you do, don’t quit on your dream. You deserve to be happy. And you’re setting a good example for your children when they see you working and accomplishing your dreams.
You can successfully work from home with kids in the house. I’m doing it right now. And trust me. If I can be a full time grandmother and writer, you can do it too.
I’m finally realizing my childhood dream of writing. And it feels wonderful. That’s what I want for you.
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So what next step will you take to pursue your dream of writing? Do you have any tips for us? Please let us know in the comments.
Kristi Veitenheimer is a retired educator who loves to blog and write. She is passionate about helping overwhelmed mompreneurs learn how to run and grow their online mom businesses like a CEO while raising kids. Topics on the blog include time management and mindset growth. When she’s not writing, you can find Kristi at home in Texas with her husband, two children, and the sweetest grandsons on the planet. Connect with her at yourmombiz.com and pinterest.com/yourmombiz.