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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."

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  Cheryl Demas creates a weekly cartoon/column for Work At Home Moms. She also publishes - The Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms. Contact Cheryl through her web site, or email:

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