20081130

How to Succeed as a Stay-at-home Mom

This post is inspired by my chatmate who has in the last few days stormed "something" along my online routines. A stay-at-home mom, that's what she is. From her I realize then that stay-at-home moms are no longer just the co-stars in a family life. Taking care of the kids has become the cool thing to do for women in their 20s and 30s. However, they can do something more by seeing opportunities in their domestic role, especially the opportunities presented by the Internet. By then, they can simultaneously do what they must do like bringing up the kids in order to be smart, well-behaved kids and augment the family living to make ends meet to provide everything kids need.

If this sounds all too familiar for you too, take a deep breath, turn off the television, and log online. It is not to surf the Web to just pass the time. The Internet is your portal to transform your stay-at-home life. In between the diaper changes and feedings, bedtimes and burpings, you can reach beyond the walls of your home and access the outside world as never before. The benefits are as close to limitless as the millions of sites on the Web, including:

• E-support system. Whether you’re searching for other stay-at-home moms to lean on, folks with the same health ailment as yourself, or even just other Oprah fanatics, the Internet is like one big community center where you can find them.

• Friends and fun. Through e-mail, chat rooms, and instant messaging, the Internet is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with old friends and family members, as well as to meet new acquaintances.

• Cyber community. Look for your neighborhood’s Web site for information on shopping, festivals, town hall meetings, and other local interests. If you can’t find your town’s home on the Internet, take a leadership role in creating it with the help of your neighbors.

• Cap and gown. Many community colleges and universities offer e-courses. You never need to step foot on the campus to earn degrees in finance, English, accounting, or whatever else suit your fancy.

• Steals and deals. If you’re looking for some of the biggest discounts and best selection for anything from electronics to groceries, books to automobiles, the Web is your marketplace.

• Cash flow. The Internet can work for you, as well, if you are on the other end of the cash register. The Web provides an unparalleled avenue to sell goods. It can link you to interested buyers if you’re only looking to unload a few knickknacks to unclutter your home. If you have enough stuff to open a garage sale, you can do that, too, without time or space constraints. Or try your hand at a full-time online business if you get bit by the entrepreneurial bug.

OK, now just settle these basics, and you can be virtually ensured to become a true M.O.M, a master of multitasking. In the time it takes your child to take a nap or watch an episode of Blues Clues, you will be able to earn 4 more credits to your finance degree, buy a new mp3 player, and sell a closet’s worth of stuff.

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