HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Roswell, GA, but Philly still has a corner office in my heart.
ON THE WEB HousewifeRevisited.com
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Three
FAVORITE CHILD if applicable* (we’re joking*)
Whoever lays it on the thickest that day. Obvious flattery and brown-nosing works in our house.
DAY JOB Okay, we’ll call it “Stay-At-Home-Mom” for now, but a few of us are working diligently to find a more accurate and encouraging title.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married 10 years to my “crush”.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY? How have you, or you and your partner, arranged your life/schedule to provide the daily care for your kid(s)?
I am one of those career-girls-turned-SAHMs that you might have heard about recently in the media (though, no, I do not ‘booze-it from a sippy cup at 9 AM). I now use my leather lap-top bag as a diaper bag.
Before I became a SAHM myself in 2005, I ran a Six Sigma/ Project Management team for a Fortune 10 company. My team and I saved our company hundreds of thousands of dollars by methodically identifying the non-value added activity in everyday processes, and then eliminating it.
Once I was home, I figured there had to be a good way to apply many of these same strategies to family life. If these tools could help save a major corporation significant time and money, what could they do for our families? As it turns out, we have a lot to gain from utilizing these tools…focused, purposeful, meaningful time, well spent with our families.
I’ve spent the last 2 ½ years putting all of my research and writing into simple instructions and templates that families can quickly and easily use. Many of these free, printable tools can be found at Housewife Revisited – Making It More Meaningful, though a few tools I’ve had to hoard away, as they are part of a book I am trying like-the-dickens to get published (the old-fashioned way).
I should probably mention at this point that this SAHM gig is quite demanding. My research/writing/website/marketing gets done in tiny, 45-minute increments each day, during (when else?)…naptime.
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
So I mentioned we gave up my great career/paycheck so that I would focus on nothing but our family, right?
Well, when our first child was 2 years old, we scheduled a playdate with a new friend and her mother. During the playdate, my daughter wasn’t listening to what I was asking her to do, so I picked her up to take her into a time-out. She screamed at me, “I hate you!”
I pleasantly smiled at the mother and said. “Well, now, this is strange…she’s never said that before. I don’t know where she got that! She doesn’t even watch TV.”
Of which my sweet, curly-haired, cherubic-looking daughter followed up with “I’m gonna KILL you!”
That was our first and last playdate with our new friends.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
Whenever one of our kids “gets it”, like wanting to give part of his allowance to a good charity or walking up to a shy child on the playground and asking if she wants to come play.