Your Resources

@ The Entrepreneurial Parent
en-parent.com

How to Raise a Family and a Career Under One Roof Amazon.com

Practical Home Office Solutions

 
 

Feeling isolated? 

Subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter or join our daily discussion!
 

A Word from A WAHM

"What Do I Get?"

© 1999, by Cheryl Demas
 
We celebrated Stay Home With Your Kids Day yesterday. I wanted to celebrate the fact that I'm able to be home with my girls. But, it's difficult to celebrate a new holiday, there are no traditions to follow.

So I thought I would ask the kids. I told them, "Stay Home With Your Kids Day is coming up!"

"Yay! What do we get?"

"Well you get, ... ME! All day!"

I could tell by their expressions that this wasn't the answer they had hoped to hear.

As adults we try to suppress this natural "What's in it for me?" tendency. But I think deep down, when we hear about a something new, we all think, "What do I get?"

When you're thinking about starting a business, or beginning a new project, do you think first of the clients, the people you can help with your product or service? Or do you think, "What do I get?" We all tell our kids that they have to think of others first. How many times have you told them as Christmas approached, "It's better to give than to receive."?

Are you following your own advice?

If you approach your business with this generous attitude, I think you will have a better chance of success. Can you describe your business to someone in terms of what you give? Think about it. When asked about your business, do you speak about the products you provide, the service you give to others? Or do you jump right to the commission plan?

Think about what you are "giving" first, and the "getting" will follow.

After I had explained the concept of celebrating our day together, I let my kids choose our activities. They decided that I would play Nintendo with them, then we met their dad for pizza at lunchtime. We watched a few cartoons, and then baked a cake together. They figured we couldn't have a celebration without a cake. All in all, it was a pretty typical day, but it was special because we were celebrating the fact that because I'm working from home, we're able to be together all day, every day.

As we were getting ready for bed, my youngest daughter, Dani, said, "I wish tomorrow was Stay Home With Your Kids Day too."

I just smiled and thought, "It is Dani, ... it is."

| Back to Article Index | Next Article |
  Cheryl Demas creates a weekly cartoon/column for Work At Home Moms. She also publishes WAHM.com - The Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms. Contact Cheryl through her web site, or email:

 
EP Showcase | Forums | Membership | Directory | Experts | Career Counseling
Mailing List | Resource Center | Books | Articles | Archives | Web Links | Gift Shop
In the Media | Site Contents | Search Site | About EP | Advertise at EP | Link to Us
 
 
 
 
© 2000, The Entrepreneurial Parent, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
P.O. Box 320722, Fairfield, CT 06432 | www.en-parent.com
Please Read Disclaimer Before Using Site | Email: