The Best Jobs for Moms

It’s tough being an entrepreneurial mom. It can get stressful coordinating childcare, work at the home office, housekeeping, and a social life. Some entrepreneurial endeavors are more profitable than others, and some depend on the amount of time and effort put into them. They all depend on a mom’s interests, talents, abilities, availability, and resources. Below are some of the best jobs for moms:

The best jobs for moms

Figure Out What You Really Want to Do

Top mom businesses and career roles are those that relate to their interests and passions, that pay well, and that can be done in flexible schedules.

SizzleIt! founder and entrepreneur Scott Gerber recommends entrepreneurs, including moms, focus on one business enterprise and not get sidetracked by too many different opportunities. They need to stick to things they like and can sustain an interest in for the long term. He suggests being able to articulate the business concept in 30 seconds — a very abbreviated elevator pitch — and surrounding themselves with advisors and mentors to figure out what they truly want to do.

Best Jobs and Businesses for Moms

April Peveteaux, writing for The Stir, says the best jobs for moms don’t require scrambling for childcare or going out on the road, or have blatant pay discrimination. She says jobs that are meaningful are important to moms who are spending time away from children.

Charyn Pfeuffer of Payscale.com says jobs and enterprises that work for working mothers pay well even for part time hours, allow a flexible schedule, provide paid maternity leave, and/or have good daycare benefits. An insurance role meets some of these criteria, with well-paid work from home which may also provide benefits. Using lead aggregation services like Quote Wizard to find customers frees up busy moms’ time and energy to work more efficiently and be available for family obligations.

Creative and helping jobs that offer flexible schedules include lactation consultant/doula, freelance writer, personal trainer, and Etsy seller/artist. Pfeuffer adds web developer, pilates/yoga instructor, and market research analyst. These jobs can be part time or full time or lead to a full business enterprise depending on moms’ interest levels.

Jobs You Never Thought Were Work-From-Home

With advancing technology and social media, many more jobs can be done from home than ever before. Jobs you might not think of as being done from home include senior bilingual technical advisor, nonprofit director, grant writer, online fitness coach, and RN nurse coach.

What Working Moms Need

Glamajama CEO and founder and author of “The Working Mom Manifesto” Heather Schuck says moms need jobs that allow them to take care of their families and pursue their work passions in fulfilling, lower stress ways. She says moms deserve to be happy at work where flexibility and a culture that values family prevails.

One of the 10 best jobs for work/life balance that Schuck recommends is entrepreneur. She advises moms that starting a business can be the quickest way to fulfilling their needs for flexible, rewarding careers. Schuck says that home and/Internet-based opportunities offer economical means to an alternate work schedule.

If you’re a mom trying to decide what kind of work would fit best into your busy lifestyle and still enable you to take care of your family, explore some of these jobs and work from home businesses. Look for good pay and flexible hours in work and businesses related to your interests and passions.

Popping the Perfect Family Movie Night Popcorn

In our family, we have a weekly “pizza and popcorn” night. We make homemade (gluten free) pizza and pop a bag (or two) of popcorn. They go perfectly together, and we go through so much of both that I shed a few tears when I accidentally burn a bag of the popcorn.

But get this….there’s a new APP for your PHONE that tells you exactly when your bag of popcorn is perfectly popped, so you never waste a bag. Because let’s face it, nobody eats burned popcorn except maybe me…the mom (always making sacrifices for the family, right?).

Isn’t technology fantastic?! Instead of standing by the microwave and counting between pops (how many seconds is it?) you can turn the Perfect Pop app on and enjoy the movie. When it tells you that the popcorn is perfectly popped, take it out.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App

Pair our favorite weekly meal with a new movie from the library, and everybody’s happy. I’m happy because the popcorn came out perfectly so I don’t have to make another bag and try to salvage burned popcorn for myself.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop app

The kids are happy because they get to watch a different movie, eat in the living room, and stay up a little later before the weekend.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop app

You can download the Perfect Pop app for free and try it yourself. It’s a fun way to make sure your popcorn is PERFECT. I guarantee the kids will love it, too.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App

The Perfect Pop app is available for free at the App Store, for iPhone 5+ with iOS 7+.


Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Tips for Finding a Daycare Provider

Selecting a daycare provider is one of the hardest things a parent will ever do, regardless of the reason for why you are doing it. Some of us have to work for financial reasons (like me) or because we know our mental health would never hold up to staying home (like me) or just because we enjoy working (like me).

Tips for Finding a Daycare Provider

Whatever your reason, here are some tips for selecting a daycare provider:

 

  1.  Know what you want… All daycare providers are different. Some are strict, some are relaxed, some have a learning focused environment, some of them focus on play. It is important to have an idea of what type of environment you want for your children before you start your research. One of the reasons I fell in love with my first daycare was because when I did a tour the infant room teacher was sitting on the floor with babies crawling all over her while she loved and hugged on them. That’s what I wanted for my baby.

 

  1.  Know where they are… I did a Google search for daycare centers for the town where I live and where I work. I looked at all of the neighborhoods to see what centers would be convenient for me and ruled out areas that I knew would not work. (Let’s be real. All towns have at least one bad neighborhood.) This allowed me to cut down my list of potential centers.

 

  1.  Know the law… In Texas all of the regulations are posted on the internet. Go to your state licensing agency and read the rules and regulations before you schedule a tour at potential centers. That way when you walk in you will be able to spot if they are doing anything blatantly against the rules, like not having enough people assigned per age group.

 

  1.  Know where they stand… Texas also posts all reviews online so that you can find the deficiencies for all of the schools that interest you. Do be aware that the auditors that go into these locations are super, super picky and will write up tiny things and make them sound really bad. So while this can be good information, read it with a judgmental eye.

 

  1.  Know what your friends know… Ask everyone you know every question you can think of. No question is too large or small. You can learn more by asking people you trust than you ever will through any other method.

 

  1.  Know when it is time to move… One center may not always fit your needs. In the beginning I loved the center we where we were. As my daughter got older her needs changed, and also management changed. I was not happy with things for awhile. It took me a long time to make a decision about moving my children. Some of the workers there were like family. They rocked my babies to sleep, potty trained them, taught them their ABC’s… But still. There comes a time when you have to listen to your heart. When that time comes you need to be sure to follow your intuition.

 

Do you have any tips for finding a daycare provider?

Jennifer Williams is a full-time working  mom of two kids. You can find her at her blog and Facebook.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Keep Track of Library Books!

Deborah Gilboa of AskDoctorG.com is full of great parenting advice, and she has today’s Quick Tip Tuesday: how to keep track of library books.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Keep Track of Library Books!

 

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Quick Tip Tuesday- work intervals using a timer

Quick Tip Tuesday is just what it sounds like…a super quick way to make your life easier, more manageable, more organized, more SOMETHING. Simple, yet effective. Ingenious even. If you love it, pin and share it!

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Cleaning and Cardio

Today’s Quick Tip Tuesday comes from Dani Stone of DaniStone.net. It’s all about staying fit while multi-tasking and you can easily include the kids or get it done on a hot summer day. Her solution: cleaning and cardio!

Quick Tip Tuesday: Combine Cleanign and Cardio

How to combine cleaning and cardio to get things done around the house and get your sweat on and burn some calories without feeling like either is taking up your whole day? Set a timer for 10-15 minutes, blast some good, fast, get-your-heart-rate-up tunes on the radio, and tackle some chores. Deep clean the kitchen as much as you can, or the bathroom. Change the sheets on all the beds and pick the toys up off the floor. Scrubs the baseboards that you haven’t touched in a few months, or dust all of the ceiling fans. Do it fast and don’t stop until the timer goes off. Do that a couple of times (or more) one day a week or so, and your house will be much cleaner while you’ve been “working out!”

Quick Tip Tuesday- work intervals using a timer  Quick Tip Tuesday is just what it sounds like…a super quick way to make your life easier, more manageable, more organized, more SOMETHING. Simple, yet effective. Ingenious even. If you love it, pin and share it!

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Five Safety Features For A Teen’s First Car

Being a parent of a teenage driver can be nerve-wracking, particularly when the National Center for Health Statistics names motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds. If you’re a worried mom, you can implement several safety features that will help keep your child safe on the road. These devices and apps will help prevent most types of vehicle accidents, making them necessary safety features for a teen’s first car: essential safety features for a teen's first car

Virtual Teen Driving Coach

A personal driving coach can be a great way to encourage safe driving, but instructors can be expensive and won’t always be there every time your child gets behind a wheel. MOTOsafety is a virtual driving coach, specifically designed for teens. This small and easy to install GPS tracking device monitors a teen’s driving behavior and offers a score at the end of each session. It can track speeding, acceleration and harsh breaking to give you a better idea of how well your child is driving. You’ll also receive updates on your teen’s location and be alerted when your child safely arrives to his or her destination.

No Texting App

DriveScribe is a free smartphone app that combines safe driving with a points-based rewards program, giving your child a higher sense of responsibility while driving. Automated reminders help keep teens’ eyes on the road and performance is impacted by traffic violations and excess speed. DriveScribe’s message-blocking technology also forbids young drivers from reading or sending text messages. After each trip, a Safe Driver Score will be calculated and redeemed for points. These points can be used for free gift cards or store discounts.

Autonomous Emergency Braking

Forward-collision warnings and auto-brakes are common in newer models. Look for vehicles that come with this important safety feature, which can prevent or lessen the impact of a car crash. This system only activates when it’s too late for your teen to impede a crash by braking forcefully. If you can’t afford a new car with these features, research mid-size used cars on Kelley Blue Book. A vehicle like a 4-door sedan is small enough to maneuver, but large enough to offer protection during a crash.

Reverse Backup Sensors

Some automobiles already come with built-in reverse backup sensors. For vehicle’s that don’t have this safety feature pre-installed, AutoSonar offers reverse backup sensor kits that can help your teen with this tricky driving maneuver. These sensors can prevent many unfortunate accidents when backing up is unavoidable (when backing out of a driveway, while parallel parking, during three point turns, etc.). An LCD, along with an audible alarm, will warn young drivers when they are about to collide with an object.

Side View Assist

With side view assist, your teen can make lane changes more safely. Like reverse backup, this system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect nearby cars while driving. Whenever a turn signal is on, the side view assist will activate and warn teens if a car is in the next lane. Side view assist can be installed onto vehicles through a series of sensors that are placed on the sides of the front and rear bumpers. This new technology could make blind spots a thing of the past.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Never Iron Again!

Today’s Quick Tip Tuseday comes from Lydia of Cluttered Genius, a busy work at home mom of three little ones. She’s a woman after my own heart, with a tip on how to never iron again (yay)!

Quick Tip Tuesday: how to use a sock so you never iron again!

 

Lydia’s tip is a simple yet effective one…the kind we like best, right? Simply find one of those mismatched socks we all have, wet it with some water, and throw it in the dryer with whatever item of clothing you’re trying to get the wrinkles out of. Easy, peasy!

Quick Tip Tuesday- never iron again!

Quick Tip Tuesday is just what it sounds like…a super quick way to make your life easier, more manageable, more organized, more SOMETHING. Simple, yet effective. Ingenious even. If you love it, pin and share it!

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Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s summer! And the kids are home! I don’t know about you, but for me, that means I need more coffee. Ahem.

So, Alison of Writing, Wishing was generous enough to share her AMAZING recipe for Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with us. Espresso, oatmeal, chocolate chips…perfect!

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

Fleur de sel, for sprinkling

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Whisk together the flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Stir the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture with a wooden spoon or large rubber spatula. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

Working with a generous 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll the dough into 2-inch balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Bake until the cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies with a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

EAT THEM FOR BREAKFAST.

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: Work Intervals With a Timer

Today’s Quick Tip Tuesday is great for the summertime, when you don’t really want to work (you’d probably rather be at the pool or enjoying the sunshine or reading a good book, right?) but really need to because business doesn’t stop when the weather is nice and the kids get out of school. Short bursts of productivity can help you get those things done that you have to do and still have time to enjoy the day. Thank you to Laura of Mommy Miracles for sharing this awesome tip! Quick Tip Tuesday: work intervals with a timer to get things done! Work intervals to get things done! #wahm   Laura’s tip is to set a timer (however long you choose, depending on what you need to do and your circumstances…fifteen minutes,  thirty minutes, an hour?) and work as hard and as quickly as you can in that time. When it goes off, take a little break, do something fun or relaxing or with your kids. After a while, set it again and get back to work. This is really helpful for the kids, too, to see exactly how long you’ll be working each time. You can tell them that they need to play or watch a show or do something by themselves, and when the timer goes off, then they can talk to you or play with you. Until then, they’re on their own! (I know a visual like that helps my kids a lot). Couple the timer with your specific to-do list, and you’ll get so much done in a day without feeling like you missed out on everything else! Quick Tip Tuesday- work intervals using a timer  Quick Tip Tuesday is just what it sounds like…a super quick way to make your life easier, more manageable, more organized, more SOMETHING. Simple, yet effective. Ingenious even. If you love it, pin and share it!

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The Right Degree Can Help Make the World a Better Place

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Giving back to the world is a personal and internal quest, a combination of passion, ability and resources. First you must raise yourself up, then bring your community with you. Select a degree or vocational certification that gives you the opportunity to help your fellow man while achieving King’s goal of painstaking excellence, so you can make the world a better place for future generations.

Make the world a better place through higher education

Give to Yourself

The Rainforest Alliance put out a public service video in 2012 that shows a man quitting his job and leaving his wife and child to run off to save the rainforest. The man realizes he is ill-equipped to handle the harsh nature of this type of advocacy and gets attacked by the very wildlife he is trying to save. The video asks people to use the successes they have already gained and buy products that are rainforest-friendly.

Giving to yourself is very different from taking from others. Choose a career path you love and focus on your holistic betterment, and you’ve already taken that first step to creating a better world. When selecting a degree program, try not to look at the money you will make; instead, assess your ability to use that degree to give back to the people and places that are important to you.

Be the Best and Brightest

A recent survey by UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies found that almost three-quarters of students said they went to college to make more money. Yes, a degree will bring up your earning potential, but it does much more: It enables you to be the hero you are looking for. One mantra of the professional do-gooder is, If it is to be, it is up to me. Your choice of a degree lets you lift up humanity with your excellence.

Philanthropic and Charitable University Programs

There are many areas you can focus on when choosing a life of service. Choose a path you are passionate about. If you are interested in community development, Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development can prepare you for a career with organizations like the American Red Cross, Action Against Hunger and NeighborWorks to impact communities on a local or global scale.

For more international work, Clark University has an International Development, Community and Environment program that offers concentrations in international development or environmental science and policy. Graduates can work across the globe to promote social change and help the environment in developing countries.

Well-known organizations like the Peace Corps often partners with universities to offer immersion programs to students. The Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability offers a Master’s International Peace Corps program that integrates international development with graduate studies. Students gain valuable field experience while earning academic credit.

Developing a society you want to live in begins with you and your talents. If you are searching for an alternative educational path, online schools like Penn Foster have a range of career degrees and certificates that you can use to make an environmental impact in your local community. It’s obvious you can get a degree or a vocational certificate that will help you make money, but a well thought-out career path enables the compassionate person to make a change in the world. Let ability follow passion.

Scholarships and Tuition Programs

For students who need financial aid, many charitable organizations offer tuition matching or scholarships for certain degrees and programs. Some organizations will award tuition money for volunteers or workers who served specific programs. For example, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a “post-service benefit” students can received by completing a specified term of national service in an AmeriCorps program.

The Environmental Protection Agency is one of many employers that offer student loan reimbursement to employees who dedicate more than three years to service at the company. They also offer tuition assistance for employees who seek higher education and other relevant classes.