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- The Funny Things EP Kids Say
What's It Worth? -- "Countdown to Summer Vacation"
EP Expert Q&As -- Disabled Worker
What's Happening at EP
MORE Funny Things EP Kids Say & Do!
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THE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber, Dennis Pilapil
My 2 1/2 year old daughter was
jumping up and down on our bed where
my pregnant wife was lying. So I told her, "Pam, no jumping,
and baby will get dizzy!"
A few days later, she saw me
skipping rope (an exercise that keeps me
hopping!). Naturally, she reminded me, "Daddy, no jumping!"
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WHAT'S IT WORTH?
"Countdown to Summer Vacation"
by deB Sechrist
The other day I consulted a calendar
to make an appointment and
realized that my daughter has only 7 more sessions of preschool
Looking further, I see that my boys will be out of school for
summer in exactly one month. I don't really think of the schools
babysitters, but the reality is that once I become accustomed
having that time while the kids are in school to get some work
I begin to depend on it. Then it becomes difficult to find
replacement time to keep my business running smoothly when they
out of school.
Actually, I enjoy summer vacation.
Lazy afternoons at the pool, easy
light dinners, bike rides, making juice popsicles. But having
kids home all day every day usually precludes getting any work
for my business. Although my habit is to work at night after
asleep, summer vacation has a way of loosening the structure
days, and bedtime is often 1-2 hours later than it is when they
to get up for school the next morning. That reduces work time
further, since staying up later than my usual 2 am is pretty
of the question.
In past years, my answer to summer
vacation has been to scale back
and simply work less. One year I hired my teenager to act as
activities director under indirect supervision from me while
in the home office. The teen was happy for the extra money, the
were happy with all the fun things they were doing and the attention
from their brother, and I was able to work a couple of hours
Another year I worked with a
neighbor to swap babysitting time.This
worked fairly well, as would a babysitting co-op, especially
group of EP's who need daytime work hours to run their businesses
efficiently. The trick is to find people with kids of similar
interests and location, who are motivated to grow their home
businesses and committed to making this type of arrangement work.
For a while I considered summer
camps, especially day camps where the
routine would be similar to school days. But the cost of sending
kids to camp for even one week was more than my budget for the
summer! There are some great programs from local community centers,
the city and county parks departments and libraries, and local
schools, universities and museums which cost less, but often
parental involvement or participation to some degree. With a
planning, there could be some weeks where I could take advantage
the programs with minimal cost and find a few hours to work if
This year, the teen has a summer
job and I'm on my own once again,
with early schoolers who deserve an active and enriching summer
vacation. So my plan this year is to work with them to help me
care of the household chores and allow me to work uninterrupted
an hour or so in the morning in return for my undivided attention
the afternoon at whatever summer fun activity we agree on for
day. I don't expect to be able to get a lot of work done, but
should be able to keep up with email and simple routine tasks
the day, which frees up some of the night session for work requiring
I've been doing this sort of
thing with the other school vacations
and holidays throughout the year with varied success, and have
learned a few things worth noting:
-- It's best to maintain the
school day schedule as much as possible.
Get up around the same time each day, eat and sleep in roughly
same schedule. If times do slip a little, give yourself at least
weeks prior to the start of school in the fall to ease back into
school day schedule.
-- Plan the mornings carefully
so they are busy and full. Assign very
specific activities for the times when you plan to work at your
business, check back with the kids often on their progress. Be
disciplined with your own work habits to best utitlize your time.
-- Pick a specific afternoon
activity and briefly plan it out with
your kids to help motivate them in the mornings. Picking chores
a job jar and fun activities from a vacation jar can help to
both seem more fair and more fun.
-- Occasionally switch the day
around: go have fun in the morning
and do the chores in the afternoon. Don't get too upset if the
don't happen tho. It is, after all, SUMMER VACATION!
deB Sechrist is the mother of three, Webmanager of The
Entrepreneurial Parent, LLC and owner of deBweB, a web design
business. Find out more about deB at http://www.en-parent.com/webdsn.htm.
EP EXPERT Q&As
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Q. I am a disabled female and
am trying to start my home business.
The Dept. of Rehab. has set me up with all the necessary equipment
from a Pentium 11 400 mgh computer, scanner, color photo quality
printer, fax machine, CD writer,and copier. I am proficient in
the latest software such as Excel, Micro-Soft Office, Peachtree,
Lotus, QuickBooks Pro and more. Spreadsheets, file archiving,
mailings, payroll,to every type of clerical duty necessary is
problem for me.
My problem is not being able
to do the work, but finding employers or
procurring contracts from the government or anyone else that
willing to give me a chance. I have faithfully been searching
classified ads daily, and searching the Internet but to no avail.
goal is to get off SS and become a productive citizen of the
force again. I found I could run a home and still have plenty
for my family easily. Now I have many empty hours to fill.
Any help from you would be greatly
appreciated for I am very sincere
and dedicated in obtaining my goal.
A. Dear Elaine:
You sound most sincerely dedicated
to your goal and have taken many
of the initial steps necessary to get your business off the ground.
As you indicated, your problem, now that you have the resources
the job done, is finding a way to attract customers and or/employers
to your services. Rather than concentrating on getting somebody
hire you as a home based employee (which is very difficult to
unless you've worked for the company before), try marketing yourself
independent freelance worker and find several different businesses
be your clients.
Learning how to effectively market
and position your services can be
accomplished several different ways. Consider attending a workshop
marketing a small business. Contact your local unemployment office,
community college, town run adult education program, or chamber
commerce to identify courses suitable for your needs. These courses
are typically very inexpensive and provide useful information,
opportunity to network with other small business people in your
(some of whom could probably use your services) and invaluable
emotional support. Speaking of networking, you need to get out
in your community and let people know about your services. Consider
joining a local leads group or small business association. You'll
find word of mouth advertising to be far more effective than
to locate employers through the Internet or the classifieds.
It does take time to establish
a word of mouth reputation, but one
way you can speed up the process is to do some work on a voluntary
basis for some worthy nonprofit institution in your area. Perhaps
your church or children's school could use some help with their
projects-in exchange you'll build up goodwill and work experience
impress other potential clients.
Best wishes for much success
with your new venture and do let us know
how you progress.
Nancy Collamer, our EP Part-Time Transitions Expert and an EP
is president of Collamer Career Counseling. You can learn more
Nancy at her site, Jobs for Moms, at http://www.bizine.com/jobsformoms,
and at her EP Bio page: http://en-parent.com/Experts/exp-collamer.htm
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT EP
Does EP seem extra quiet this
month? If so, that's because deB and
Lisa are in the throes of a sweeping site redesign! That's right
en-parent.com is getting a "face lift," and we've been
operating table almost daily lately. With over 450 pages to touch
this may take a bit more time to complete, but when we're done
LYK so we can pop the cork together. Our self-imposed deadline
of May, right before the school year ends, so stay with us! "School's
out for summer" will be ringing in your ears soon enough...
New EP Gift Shop Booth:
Tammy McConnell - New Englander Crafts
New Member Profile:
New EP Advertisers:
We're lining up some new advertisers for the month of May --
our home page next week to see who's sponsoring us now!
The IVE League: Give the Gift of Learning
HalfthePlanet.com -- disability information for the disabled
Sara Jordan's Edu-mart Resources -- Songs that Teach
MORE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber, Wendy Brown
I work on the internet all day,
and have a web site, about which I am
very vocal and very passionate. We often discuss dotcoms within
earshot of our daughter. While she was typing away, she kept
"PBS (dot) com. PBS (dot) com!"
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