Education, Parenting

Parent Entrepreneurs: How To Succeed At Juggling A Business With A Family

Parent Entrepreneurs: How To Succeed At Juggling A Business With A Family
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The entrepreneurial spirit has never been so strong in the U.S., with more than 25 million Americans either running or starting their own businesses. While small businesses are important to the U.S. economy and workforce, it may seem a daunting prospect to juggle parenting with owning a business. However, as a parent, you will have already had to develop military organization skills and boundless energy reserves, which are ideal for parent entrepreneurs. Concentrating your efforts on creating structure and routine, and being intentional with your time, will help you grow your business in a way that works in harmony with your family.

Work smarter, not harder

If you are one of the 582 million entrepreneurs worldwide, and you’re also a parent, you will have far more demands on your time than the average person. To successfully juggle it all, you will need to be disciplined and focused. This means working smarter. Look for systems and processes that can be automated or run more efficiently. Automating tasks and even outsourcing and delegating less important responsibilities will give you more time to spend on the more valuable business tasks, and have more quality time to spend with your family.

Protect Your Business And Your Family

However small it is, your company should have business insurance to protect the livelihood you’ve worked so hard to build. It will help cover the costs associated with liability claims and property damage. If you have employees, you must have workers’ compensation insurance in case a worker is injured. If you don’t, then you risk facing a huge fine penalty. If you don’t have staff, you may want to consider a workers’ compensation ghost policy instead. This is an affordable type of workers’ compensation coverage designed for business owners who don’t have employees but are required to show proof of workers compensation coverage by a client or as a legal requirement of your state.

Protect Your Time

The word ‘no’ isn’t always easy to say to clients or family members. However, sometimes saying the word ‘no’ in your personal and professional life is important in achieving a healthy work and life balance. It may mean that there are times you have to decline work offers or negotiate deadlines with your client to attend a family function or just be home in time to put your children to bed. Likewise, there may be times that you have to work late or miss a family event. Try not to feel bad about it: after all, you are working to help give your family a great future.

Having children doesn’t mean you have to abandon your goals of running a business. By learning how to work smarter and protecting your business and your work and personal time, you can look forward to enjoying the best of both worlds.

Parenting

7 Ways to Teach Your Child to Deal with Trauma

7 Ways to Teach Your Child to Deal with Trauma
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The term “trauma” can often feel big and scary, and while trauma is never a fun experience, there are varying degrees of trauma that people can go through, and that includes children, too. As a parent, you never want your child to experience trauma, but the fact of the matter is that any negative experience that causes a stress response in your brain can cause trauma, and those experiences could be large or small. Regardless of the kind or size of the trauma, it’s important to know stress management and coping strategies to teach your child to deal with trauma as it comes.

At the end of the day, trauma is a stress response that can take an emotional toll, and the younger that kids learn to deal with those stressors, the smoother they’ll be able to process and handle them. Not every trauma is alike, and not every person is alike, so each person will need their own strategies to find what works best for them in processing and dealing with traumatic experiences. Regardless, trauma can happen to everyone, and there are a few ways you can help your child learn to deal with it. Here are just a few of them.

  1. Teach Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about anchoring yourself in the present moment and the sensations around you, which can help a lot with trauma management. Often, it can introduce a feeling of safety and calm when someone is stressed or anxious, which includes trauma processing. By teaching your child mindfulness techniques, they can learn to feel present and safe as a healthy coping mechanism.

  1. Use Meditation

Similar to mindfulness, meditation is all about calming the mind and the body to create a bit more relaxation. While meditation can be highly effective in calming someone down when they’re actively experiencing a flashback or upset, a regular meditation practice can also have widespread benefits across anyone’s quality of life. Meditation can help kids feel calmer and more collected while they process things and give them somewhere to turn when they need quiet.

  1. Be Present With Them

Trauma can make many people feel isolated, and that includes children. This is because stress and trauma can feel disorienting and lonely, so isolating behavior is common. Just like you should be there for a friend during trauma healing, it’s important to be there and truly be present with your children to remind them that they’re safe and not alone. Sit with them, hold them if they need and fully listen to them.

  1. Teach Them to Process

While trauma doesn’t just “go away” and processing trauma is just that — a continuous process — many experts think that the first 30 days after a traumatic event are some of the most important when it comes to processing and healing a trauma. That being said, teaching your child about processing trauma is a hard but necessary lesson. Talking about things with them and allowing them the safe space to talk about their experiences can go a long way.

  1. Encourage Them to Explore Their Emotions

Especially when kids are young — though this stands true for all people sometimes — trauma processing can be more about the emotions than the memories or experiences. While some people feel that trauma processing should be about getting to the bottom of what the experience was, it can be about so much more for the person experiencing it. As a parent, talking about their emotions and allowing them to fully explore their feelings freely can give them the chance to understand themselves and their experiences better.

  1. Help Them Feel Safe

Trauma and traumatic stress can often have the impact of making people feel unsafe in their environment, and this can be especially prevalent in children. One of the best ways to help your child manage trauma is to remind them that they are safe and that you will do anything to protect them when they need it. While you won’t always be there at every moment of their lives to protect them, that feeling and security can help them feel loved, supported and safe in their experiences going forward.

  1. Limit Stressors and Teach Them to Do the Same

Trauma can also cause anxiety in many people, and as a parent, one thing you can control is the stress exposure your child experiences and teach them about stress management. Children don’t need stress in their lives, and limiting things like overactive schedules and tense situations can help them keep the calm and happy existence they deserve to have.

Managing Trauma Together

Trauma is an unfortunate reality of human life, and while you can’t protect your child from ever experiencing it, you can teach them strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with it in a healthy and productive way. Often, processing trauma is about feeling the emotions, keeping calm and being present. You can teach your child to do all of those things, and who knows? You may learn something new along the way.

Healthy Living, Parenting

Learn how to manage emotions with Upside Delivered curated boxes for kids

Learn how to manage emotions with Upside Delivered curated boxes for kids

What a year! Are the kids feeling it a bit? Around here we are slowly starting to bring kids back to school. I normally work at the local high school, but my position is not up and running without students so I have been filling in at the elementary school which are the first to come back. As excited as I know they are to come back, it is going to look very different. There are new routines and even recess won’t be quite the same. This brings me to this fantastic box called, The UPside Delivered. This is your toolkit, especially for a year like this.

The UPside delivered

The UPside Delivered are curated boxes for children ages 5-10 years-old were developed by two licensed mental health professionals and educators. They are meant to manage emotions and create calm. Your box has items and guides so you will understand the why and how to use the items in the box.

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There are 3 boxes to choose from:

The Begin Box (what I have): This box connects thoughts, behaviors and feelings. The box has Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) lessons for parents and five to seven items. Learn that if we change our thoughts, we can change how we feel. If you order multiple months, this will be your first box.

Standard Subscription Box: These are four boxes that you will receive quarterly: The Begin Box, The Find Your Feelings Box, The Move Your Mood Box, and a Create Your Calm Box. 

COVID Coping Box for Kids: This box includes strategies for both adults and children, along with several items for a child to use when coping with different and difficult emotions, including a gratitude journal and worry dolls.

Emotion box

We don’t get a textbook on social-emotional learning as parents so we need all the appropriate help we can get. These boxes are a great tool for us to use as parents to check in with your kids or give some at-home support to learn how to manage emotions.

Visit the UPside Delivered to choose a box that is right for you or send as a gift.