PostHeaderIcon What I Learned From My Toddler: “I Can Do It!” (But Not Without Help)

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By Terez Howard

“I don’t need my stepstool,” my daughter told me as I reached for her stepstool. “I can wash my hands without it. I can do it!”

“OK,” I said.

She stretched her little body as much as possible to reach into our sink. Her hands made it into the sink, but she couldn’t reach a drop of water.

“Maybe I’ll get the stepstool,” I told my petite 2-year-old.

“OK. ‘Cause I’m too little,” Micah said.

Accept help and support

Are you a superwoman? Yeah, me, too. We juggle work-at-home responsibilities, children, husbands, cooking, cleaning, hobbies, spiritual activities, family gatherings while squeezing in a bit of down time. We cannot do it alone.

Rebecca Garland wrote Working at Home: 3 Danger Signs for WAHMs. Her second problem addressed the need for a support system. Whether it’s childcare twice a week or a helpful husband, we must accept the fact that if we want to be successful as a work-at-home mother, we need help.

No children? That doesn’t mean that you automatically have all the time in the world. You might need to enlist the help of a cleaning lady or make your own frozen meals in advance. You need help, too.

With a support system, I can focus on my business for specified time. I have a schedule, a very flexible schedule, that allows me to work at my business as well as spend time with my family. Try writing up a schedule for yourself based on your personal life.

My toddler teaches

With her stepstool, Micah could do what she wanted to do. Sometimes that’s all you need – a stepstool, a boost from someone else that will help you achieve your dreams.

About the author

Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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6 Responses to “What I Learned From My Toddler: “I Can Do It!” (But Not Without Help)”

  • ChrisLWagner says:

    Hi Terez, I am just beginning to learn that I need to ask for assistance. Compound having kids around with many dogs. It’s hard to be a working at home mom.

  • thoward says:

    Chris, That must be hard to have dogs, too. They are a lot of work. I always want to fill the superwoman roll. But I, too, am learning that I cannot do it all.

  • Amy says:

    Chris, That must be hard to have dogs, too. They are a lot of work. I always want to fill the superwoman roll. But I, too, am learning that I cannot do it all.

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