What are my qualifications
To speak on Home Time Management? Probably very similar to yours–only I’m a little further down the path.
I have been a single parent of 4
For, oh…about 17 years. I have great kids…trying at times…but overall, great.
During the past 17 years
I have been a Safety Director and Estimator/Project Manager in the field of construction in North Carolina and Florida. I bid a lot of commercial jobs and any of the residential jobs that require reading blueprints.
I didn’t used to be that great at Home Time Management.
I mean I had a home office and kept my then 1 year old with me. I took her on jobs with me except for those rare contractors that minded me bringing her on jobsites. Then I would take her to a babysitter.
During the day I would manage jobs:
Order materials, line up subcontractors, do billing with the bookkeeper, check on job progression, problem solve, schedule, jobsite meetings, meet with contractors concerning new jobs, etc. etc. etc. all with a baby on my hip (or toddling around) and 3 coming home on the school bus.
The problem was that
Doing all that during the day meant that I had to work on blueprints at night and I can’t tell you how many times I literally fell asleep on top of blueprints. I was not a good role model for my children on that dividing line between work and home. So I resolved to change. I moved into “town” (I had lived 35 minutes out in the country) and that extra hour/day meant A LOT!
On a brighter note,
The hipster baby is 14 years old now (as of 2010) and a very well-balanced Unschooler (and no, I do not mean home schooler). My older son who is 12 years older than the hipster kid would make sure the other kids did their chores after school (when he wasn’t practicing football or something). My older daughter who is 10 years older than the hipster one would either start or fully cook dinner every night starting when she was around 13 years old or so. (She is now 24 and a WONDERFUL cook.) My younger son is 6 years older than hipster kid and spent more time and energy trying to get out of doing his chores than it would have taken to just do the darn things. Failing that, he just did them as crappily as he felt he could get away with. (More on how I handled that in the parenting articles.)
In 2003 I decided I was tired of being an overpaid babysitter.
So I went back to college which presented a whole ‘nother Home Time Management issue. I was still helping my significant other with the bidding for his company, still unschooling (2 kids), and now had to find time for classes and studying.
On top of that I have a seizure disorder and the medication I take causes memory problems.
I quickly learned the importance of mnemonics.
Probably a lot of people would not disclose such personal things about themselves,
But I think it’s important to know that when I say I struggled with something (such as being a college student while having a 7 year-old and 13 year-old on permanent summer vacation) you know you can believe me.
Anyway, I graduated with my BS in Psychology (no jokes, please)
In 2005 with a 3.98 GPA and my MSW in 2009 with a 3.88 GPA. I was in the top 1/2 of 1% of university students in the US. I accomplished this by learning some serious studying techniques which I share in the education section. Now, in addition to my 14 year old at home (she’s the only one left, WHEW!), I help to care for 2 of my grandchildren on a very regular basis (like 5 nights/week) while their mom works at night. And, well, you can see what I’m doing in my “spare time,” Sharing my lifetime of learning with all who desire.
In short I became an expert at
- Effective Studying
- Home Time Management
- Crockpot Cooking
- Time Effective Housework
- Ways to Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones Using Snippets of Time
- And Sooooooooo Much More
So there you have a smidgen of why I am qualified to speak on Home Time Management.Mary Segers BS, MSW Home Time Management Expert and Coach Helping You Reach Your Home Time Management Goals … One Step at a Time