Google+ Authentic Parenting: Becoming And Staying A Work At Home Mother

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Becoming And Staying A Work At Home Mother

By Sharon Aguilar



After staying home with my daughter for almost 9 months, I noticed that I needed more “adult communication”. Here’s how I found what I was looking for and more by starting a home business.
It all started with my mom asking me to order her favorite vitamins. When I called to order, the representative was so helpful and knew so much about nutrition. Yet I was skeptical.

As a teen, I had used Shaklee products to help me overcome difficult menstrual cycles. After getting off the products, though, my painful periods resumed. I bought similar products in a local natural foods store, but found no relief. I attributed my issues to my body getting older and did not associate them with the difference in vitamin brands. Over the next decade, I used many “natural” products for various health goals that honestly just did not work. I saw no results but just “felt” like I was doing something good for my body because I bought them at an expensive organic store, the clerk told me they were popular, and the label made them sound like the best thing under the sun.
I quickly learned, though, that advertising is not science. It occurred to me while talking with the Shaklee distributor that maybe there was something to this Shaklee stuff. I agreed with her science and gave it one more try. My very next menstrual cycle went back to the way it was in my teen years – no problem whatsoever.
Simultaneously, there was the business opportunity. What if I took the next step: not just using the products for myself, but jumping in to the business side.

So I did. I took a jump and went from stay-at-home mom to work-at-home mom. I don't feel like my life changed much in terms of my workload, but it has changed a ton in regards to health and income. Now I have lots of "adult communications" teaching moms how to create healthier homes, raise healthier children and make a better life for their families. 

I am also a part of a group called Project MAHMA. This stands for Moms At Home Making A difference and a lot of money. The group’s founder discovered that in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the average mom who left home to work made only $400 a week. After childcare and other related expenses, less than half of this remains. The purpose of the group is to help moms be able to make a difference while making more money than they would by leaving home and joining the workforce. 

I have a passion for moms to stay at home with their children. Breastfeeding, cloth-diapering, attachment parenting, and all the other beliefs I have concerning raising my daughter just do not work for so many other moms because it can be next to impossible if you are spending most of your time away from your children. Even moms who are away from home only part-time still struggle, especially if their little one is still young. Being a mom is not an easy job, to add more stress to that picture with financial concerns is not ideal.  

In addition to my parenting beliefs, I also believe in putting the most nutritious foods and supplements in your body, washing your home with non-toxic cleaners, and using beauty products that are safe for your body.  Not only did Shaklee offer all this to me, but they offered me a lifestyle that far exceeded my expectations. Now, not only can I financially continue to stay home, but I can help other moms do the same thing.
  
Sharon Aguilar is an independent distributor for Shaklee corporation. She is a stay-at-home mom who left the long hours of law practice to raise her daughter. She still hopes to resume her law practice and help those without a voice in the legal field, but can do so when her children are much older and her family is ready for her to put in the necessary hours. 
Shaklee has provided her a way to continue staying home with her daughter while helping other mom’s stay home and provide the best care for their children. To join her or to contact her for more info, go to her website at www.sharonaguilar.myshaklee.com


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6 comments:

  1. I worked outside the home when my son was ten months old and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do - by the time baby #2 came around, I had years of planning and preparation to find a way to stay at home - and it has been a true blessing.

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  2. I can imagine how hard that was! I am a fulltime mom and I couldn't bare to be away from the little one. I am very lucky to have been able to errange our lives so I can be at home with her.

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  3. I too am a lawyer turned work/stay at home mama. Unfortunately, I don't work as much as I want to. Thank you for sharing your story!
    ~Dionna @ Code Name: Mama
    http://codenamemama.com

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  4. Interesting post. I work at home part-time (freelance writing) and add to that blogging and I already feel some of the guilt of being away from my kids, so can't imagine if I had the demands of a full-time work outside the home job.

    (Babes about Town here, I have to figure out a way to be able to sign as my 'current blog' on some Blogger comments!
    http://babesabouttown.com)

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  5. How wonderful how you ladies all found some sort of work to do at home. In Europe, that's almost impossible.
    @Cheekymama: you always comment with the profile you are currently logged into

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  6. It's impossible in Europe? What an odd thing to say.

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