As the owner of Divalysscious Moms, a luxury lifestyle company for mothers and families, and the mother of two young children (Jackson, 7, and Oliver, 4), I am frequently asked how I balance motherhood, owning/operating my own business and making “me” time. While every successful mother and business owner has a unique routine that works for her, I like to give other mothers my “Divalysscious Tips,” the ingredients I recommend for “Mommy Entrepreneur Success.”
1. Your Children Come First. That means that any email and phone call can wait until the children are happy and settled. With today’s technology, everything seems urgent; however, it’s not. When your children feel secure, everything works better.
2. Prioritize. Start your work before your children wake up even if it means rising at 4:30am to answer e-mails, approve designs and do research. Lessen your pain with a jumbo cup of coffee!
3. Have a routine. Having breakfast with my boys and taking them to school crucial aspects of my daily life. Most nights, I put my Blackberry down so I can eat with them, bathe them, read to them and snuggle before bedtime. After they’re sleeping, I can finish up my work.
Follow these tips — adapting them to your life and family — and you will be an uber Divalysscious Mom. Remember, making yourself a priority is not something to feel guilty about! Happy moms make happy kids.
As we conclude our Mother’s Day Contest/Challenge, here are some final thoughts about what motherhood means. One of our favorite poems about mother/parenthood is from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, “On Children.”
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. ..
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.”
Then I saw Katherine Stone’s beautiful Mother Day post at Daily Hope and wanted you to see it too.
“You will discover the mother inside you and how beautiful and wonderful she is thanks in part to the love from your children. You will grow to see yourself as your child sees you when he or she calls your name, or falls asleep comfortably in your arms, or smiles at you, or wants you when she is scared or hurt, or asks your opinion when he needs guidance. You will see. ”
We took the weekend off to practice self-care so contest winners will be announced Wednesday. In the meantime, we hope you’ll send us your comments about what motherhood means to you. Remember, make everyday Mother’s Day by Living Self-Care.