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#1 of 3 Old 02-21-2010, 11:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just have the hardest time defining time to work and time to be a mother and take care of the household needs. I just am trying to find every free moment I have to work. So, as many of you know with a baby, that means a task that would normally take 5 minutes can take 50 minutes, and it ends up just exhausting me.

I want to take off Tuesdays and Thursday to be with the kids, take care of the finances, create a warm household. I REALLY do love sewing, crafts, holiday prep, etc... but at the moment I am just trying to squeeze those things in last minute. I would like to work an hour in the morning on those days, and then just leave it. HOW DO YOU JUST LEAVE IT?

Just for background, I have a nanny that comes 15 hours a week to hold the baby and clean while I work. I still breastfeed on demand and take her when she cries. I also have a house cleaner every other week. I have a 5 year old and a 6 month old. I not only LOVE my job (photographer) but it provides the more significant part of our household income.

Does anyone have any advice, experience, books, workbooks, or websites I can go to? My son just turned five and I am very fearful if I don't take care of this NOW, I will regret it my whole life. Thank you!! I know you mamas have the kind of wisdom I am looking for.
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hi!
We are in very similar situations. (i am a wah photographer too!) I only have a 12 month old though - i seriously cant imagine trying to do this with two kids! I just posted THIS yesterday.

I know what you mean about not having time for for the "other" stuff like sewing and crafts. if i have free time, and the baby is occupied- work takes precedence.

hope someone has some good insight!
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Have you considered outsourcing some of your business?

Make a list of all the tasks you do as part of your business -- website maintenance, marketing, sales, billing, etc. Then outsource those tasks that you don't like doing, or don't have to do yourself in your business.

Also, if you're making enough money, you might consider bringing in another photographer. That way, if you want to take the day off, the work will still be done.

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