How to Create a Safe and Beautiful Nursery on a Budget-Jenna Sherman

Designing your baby’s nursery is one of the first tangible reminders that you do, in fact, have a little one on the way. But, if you’ve never had a room with a crib before, you should know that nurseries can get expensive quickly, and unless you pay close attention to what you put in it, they can also become a health and safety hazard for the person who you will soon love more than life itself.

 

Professional Mom covers a few things to keep in mind as you create the perfect sleep haven for your newborn.

 

Safety

 

The first thing you’ll want to pick out when designing your baby’s room is their crib. Although your goal may be to save money, plan to put some cash into this purchase. You don’t want to buy a used crib that could possibly be outdated or have damage you can’t see with the naked eye.

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6 Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents Pursuing Higher Education by Jenna Sherman

While staying at home with your child is a worthy endeavor, forging a professional path while balancing parenthood is just as admirable. For parents who want to enhance their skills before heading into the workforce, higher education can offer guidance and boost your confidence. Consider these tips for navigating your education while raising kids.

1. Focus Your Studies Online

Freeing up time for your studies might be the most challenging part of balancing home and student life. Choosing an online degree program can make it easier to access your materials and coursework without commuting to a campus or dealing with other logistics. Attending classes online also means you can complete classwork on your own schedule.

Pursue an online master’s degree in education to prepare to become a teacher, or earn a master’s degree in business administration to launch your own company. You can achieve it all with an online program that’s custom-tailored to meet your needs.

2. Establish a Schedule

A solid routine can help you combat chaos at home while making time for your coursework. Sticking to a general schedule each day means you can maintain balance with your responsibilities.

Plus, children thrive on order and knowing what will come next. Practicing routines is excellent for kindergarten prep for your preschool child, too. For older kids who are returning to school after a break or school closure, restarting a routine is equally crucial, notes the Child Mind Institute.

3. Share with Your Children

Setting an example is one of the best ways to teach your child life lessons. When your little one sees you working hard and achieving your goals, they’ll witness the value of determination and dedication.

Strong role models are priceless for children of all ages – and you don’t need to be perfect to fit the part. Recognizing that life can be challenging yet immensely rewarding is a great lesson for children to learn.

4. Give Kids More Responsibility

When you’re a stay-at-home parent, it can feel like the entire home is your dominion. And that means handling everything from the laundry to meal prep, dishes to cleaning, and more. But no matter how old your children are (or how busy your partner is), delegating is a must.

Younger kids can tackle chores like putting dirty dishes in the sink, sorting laundry, and sweeping. Older kids may load and run the dishwasher, start the washing machine, and fold clothes. If your family balks at helping out, point out that children who help around the house are more successful as adults, according to experts.

5. Make Time for Yourself, Too

Sharing your goals and triumphs with your children is healthy and rewarding. But making time for yourself is also crucial, says Healthline. Stay-at-home parents tend to prioritize others’ needs above their own to begin with.

But now that you’re working toward academic milestones, your time may be less flexible and your responsibilities more demanding. Set aside time to unwind and relax accordingly.

6. Hack Your Home

There’s no foolproof way to save time, money, or stress. But by thinking ahead and strategizing specific tasks around the house, you can spend less time cleaning, cooking, and more.

For example, investing in a crockpot or pressure cooker could save you time in the kitchen. You can prep and set the crockpot in the morning, then forget about it until dinner time. A pressure cooker makes meals speedier, so hungry kids and parents don’t have time to complain.

Setting a cleaning schedule – say, organizing your home into zones and spending 20 minutes per day tidying each one – can also reduce the overwhelm when it comes to keeping the house reasonably clean. Invest in some organizers to make tidying up faster and easier.

Returning to school for higher education means making some changes to your stay-at-home lifestyle. But if you’re passionate about developing your skills to pursue a career, the time and energy will be worth it. All you need is a few smart ideas for managing your home and household while you go to school.

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*Jenna Sherman is a welcomed guest writer for professionalmom.com. She hopes to help other parents acquire the skills they need to raise future leaders by providing a collection of valuable, up-to-date, authoritative resources. A mom of three (two girls and a boy) created parent-leaders.com as an avenue for parents who want to make sure their children grow up to be strong, independent, successful adults.

Old Faithful: Left Over Rotisserie Chicken

Dear Moms everywhere,

Who doesn’t want a quick and easy meal? I know I do!

One afternoon, shopping at SAMs, one of my faves, I spied a woman rolling toward the checkout with 7 rotisserie chickens. I couldn’t help but ask if there was a party, and she said, “No, I just get one for every night of the week.”

I thought, what a great idea! And recently, using one for supper “as is” and making chicken salad with the rest, I thought, AGAIN, what a great idea!

I just wanted to give you a quick post and relay some ideas about using this delectable bird.

First of all, “as is” in my opinion, when fresh off the cooker, is perfect, however, my husband and I rarely eat the whole thing when it’s fresh. More times than not (silly me) I let it sit in the fridge too long and end up throwing the leftovers away. I hate that!

So, here are some suggestions, for you and me when we have enough for more than one meal.

Chicken salad, enhance with mayo, celery, and boiled eggs, or just mayo (salt.)

Chicken tacos, enhanced with taco flavoring, cheese or cheese sauce, salsa, and guacamole, if preferred.

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Be a Successful Mompreneur: 3 Tips for Moms Ready To Start Their Own Business By Jenna Sherman

Contributor Jenna Sherman has done it again! Thank you for helping Professional Mom offer insights and good solid advice for moms in their business adventure.

Photo: Pixabay

As a stay-at-home mom, your schedule is probably packed. Busy schedules often stop mothers from considering life as small business owners. However, if you’ve dreamt of becoming a “mompreneur,” this dream can come true.

You have the skills and the education necessary to make a difference in your field. Follow these three tips from Professional Mom to establish a business while juggling your home life.

  1. Build a Strong Foundation

One of your first steps is to form your business. Choose between a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation and a cooperative. For the first four options, you need to register with your state. Different states have different filing fees and requirements that you should familiarize yourself with in advance.

Pick out and register a name that reflects your brand and aligns with your goods and services. According to the Small Business Administration, trademarking prevents other companies in the U.S. from using your business’s name.

In turn, trademark infringement can occur if you choose a business name too similar to a competitor’s name. To avoid unfair competition, do an internet search for your preferred company name. If you find no results, check the list of the fictitious or assumed business names at your county clerk’s office. For the names of existing corporations, contact the state filing office to find out how to search their database.

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21 Bible Verses to Help You STOP Worrying (TeachSundaySchool.com)

Hi!

I used to be a chronic worry machine:

  • I’d worry about things I had absolutely no control over
  • I’d stop myself from taking action in my life because I was afraid of failure
  • I struggled to live in the moment

It was not good.

Not good for me… not good for my family… not good for my friends.

Thankfully, I’m now able to stop worry before it becomes anxiety and panic with the help of scripture.

In case you are struggling (or know someone who is), I’ve posted the verses, tools, and techniques that have helped me here:

How I Stopped Worrying with Scripture

Enjoy!

Mary-Kate (From TeachSundaySchool.com)

*Hi Professional Mom readers! This was captured from a daily email I receive from TeachSundaySchool.com! (with their permission)

It is a download, that you purchase, however, I love their work and have purchased from them several times!

Most recently I purchased their “Introducing God” series and I can’t wait to share it! Be sure to let me know if you love their download material as much as I do! Patti

How to Balance Starting a Business and Caring for a New Baby

 

 

By Jenna Sherman

Nearly every new or expecting mom grapples with trying to choose between being home with their little one and furthering their career. This is a highly personal choice, and though there are no wrong answers, it can feel pretty challenging to figure out what the right move is for you and your family. After all, there’s a lot to consider, from time commitment to the cost of childcare to long-term goals for both your family and professional lives.

 

Here at Professional Mom, we’re dedicated to helping families find the absolute best solution for their situation. It may surprise you to learn that running your own business from home could be the answer you’re looking for. This road allows you to have plenty of one-on-one time with your little one, as well as continue to contribute to both your household budget and career aspirations. However, it’s far from simple, and it isn’t a good fit for everyone. Here’s a look at what you need to know to figure out if this is the right path for you:

 

What Are Your Goals?

 

The first step is taking some time to honestly assess what your goals are. This should include goals for every aspect of your life related to this choice, from how much time you want to be able to spend with your little one, to where you want your career to be in ten years, to how much downtime you need to rest, recharge, and take good care of yourself. Some goals may contradict one another. This allows you to assess what can – and can’t – be compromised on.

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Ten Ways to Change Your Man (a re-post) Inspiration from Professional Mom

1.       Pray for him daily.

2.       Love him unconditionally.

3.       Appreciate him.

4.       Thank him verbally.

5.       Respect him.

6.       Speak the truth in love.

7.       Never go to bed angry.

8.       No disrespect allowed, verbal, cussing, hitting.

9.       Let him help you in his way.

10.   Be the woman God wants you to be.

1.       Pray for him daily. The Bible says, “The effectual, fervent prayers of a righteous man (woman, implied) availeth much.” Take it to the Lord in prayer, He will hear and answer. You will see subtle changes in your man, this will not happen quickly. My husband was not close to the Lord when we married, but he did become the father and husband I knew he could be and he’s now a missionary. We have been married many years. Have faith, he will become the man you need him to be.

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What Do You Want For Mother’s Day? (a re-post by Professional Mom)

I ask my mom this question every year. But I know the answer. “Nothing.” So, as a mom myself, I know what she means. “Something.” By something, I mean, remember me, call me, send a card, send flowers, come for a visit, take me out to eat, write me a note, draw a picture, just something as a reminder of me being your mom.

If that wasn’t clear enough, allow me to elaborate. If you are blessed to have a mother on this earth, there is nothing she would like better than a call from you this Mother’s Day. FaceTime is even better. And a visit, well, that’s the coolest! We all get busy and the days blast by, however, Mom is special, and she deserves your undivided attention for at least a little while on this special day.

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Update from Joe McDonald Ministry

Here is the latest Joe McDonald Ministry newsletter. You can see it here: “The Evangelism Trail” for November.

Also, if you want to order the “Sunsets on Mobile Bay” 10th addition with photos by award winning photographer Tommie Peterson, you can go

to professionalmom.com to order yours and one for your sunset lovers.

 

Praying you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Reverend Joe McDonald  Isaiah 6:8
sharing “the message of grace”
Joe McDonald Ministry Inc.
a 501(c)(3) donation supported ministry
http://JoeMcDonaldMinistry.org
http://MinisteriodeJoeMcDonald.org
http://TheEvangelismTrail.org

Also, if you want to order the “Sunsets on Mobile Bay” 10th addition with photos by award winning photographer Tommie Peterson, you can go

to professionalmom.com to order yours and one for your sunset lovers.

 

Praying you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Reverend Joe McDonald  Isaiah 6:8
sharing “the message of grace”
Joe McDonald Ministry Inc.
a 501(c)(3) donation supported ministry
http://JoeMcDonaldMinistry.org
http://MinisteriodeJoeMcDonald.org
http://TheEvangelismTrail.org

Vital Self-Care Tips for Breastfeeding Moms by *Leslie Campos

Breastfeeding is a beautiful way to feed your child. It’s also super hard, and breastfeeding moms are rarely given credit for what they go through to keep breastfeeding going. Many people who breastfeed successfully often have to put in hours and hours of sometimes painful work to make it work. It’s a challenge, and moms deserve props.

They also deserve to indulge in self-care. In the spirit of helping moms stay healthy and happy while breastfeeding, Professional Mom has gathered some self-care tips to help out. Here are some ideas to inspire you to thank yourself for your hard work:

Focus on Comfort

In a perfect world, breastfeeding would never be painful. However, sometimes latching issues, tongue ties, and dry or sensitive skin can make it a shockingly uncomfortable process, especially early on. You should always bring up such issues with a lactation consultant who can help you get things back in order. However, you should also take steps to control comfort wherever you can in the meantime.

For example, focus on comfortable nursing wear. Stock up on tops and bras with removable cups or straps so you can breastfeed without getting undressed. You should also invest in comfy pajamas and loungewear. Prioritize options with loose and comfortable elastic waistbands. You won’t want anything pressing into your tummy for a while after birth, especially if you’ve had a C-section.

You should also remember to have good posture when you breastfeed. Many moms fall into a bad habit of breastfeeding hunched over. This is bound to cause back problems. Instead, prop yourself (and baby) up on pillows so that your little one is comfortably at breast level. Keep your shoulders up and avoid leaning over to check their latch as much as possible. This is hardest early on, but once you get the hang of breastfeeding you’ll have an easier time feeling the difference between a good and bad latch.

Carve Out Downtime

Often, one of the most challenging parts of parenthood is discovering that you’ve taken on a whole new identity. Being a parent is beautiful and fulfilling, but it’s also hard and exhausting. It can start to feel like you’re losing yourself in the task of motherhood. Not only does this cause stress and anxiety, it can start to make you feel resentful about the role you’ve taken on. This is normal, but it’s still challenging and – most importantly – manageable.

This is why downtime is so incredibly important for new parents, especially breastfeeding moms. Carve out a specific time that you get for yourself. For example, you could make a deal with your partner that they handle bath time so you have a chance to unwind.

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