To my children: Kids, I must confess, as fabulous and amazing as I make it look, things aren't always what they seem. Here are a few things you probably don't know about what it's like to be a mom of young children while starting and managing a business. Here it goes...
2) I work hard. And I mean really hard. Bearing witness to your childhood is totally worth it, but comes at a serious cost. Ever heard the expression “I'll sleep when I'm dead”? When we go to the park at 3pm or make a mid-morning library run, this often means I'm working until 2am (rather than midnight) after you kiddos have gone to bed. I'm not complaining, you're 100% worth it, just realize that time is a limited resource - don't be fooled by the fact that I may not appear to be working during YOUR every waking moment.
4) I still question my decision to be a mompreneur...almost every day. "Personal growth” alone doesn't pay the bills. And I’ve never been one of those people that “just knew” what they wanted to “be when they grow up”, so I still don’t know if pursuing entrepreneurial ventures is ultimately the “right" decision and probably never will. The ambiguity of entrepreneurship is both terrifying and exhilarating. It's like a drug. So yeah, there are days when I question whether not feeding this addiction is worth it.
6) Sometimes I’m a little lonely. At times, I feel like few people around me can really relate to the challenges I’m up against - I don’t completely fit in with the stay-at-home mommy crowd, but I also don’t really fit in with the working mom crowd either. And I love your dad, but he’s just not, well, a mom. I probably spend more time than I’d like to admit wishing I knew more people that could validate my insecurities as well as help me conquer the unique challenges that lie ahead.
That's all for now. Also - can you please stop hitting your brother? No, you can't have another cookie. And one more thing...YOU ARE SOOOO STINKIN’ CUTE!! Come over here and gimme a biiiiiig kiss!!
About the Author: Angela proud mompreneur living in Austin with her husband, 2 kids and is co-owner of Splitter Splat, a private, part-time playcare for kiddos 18 months to 6 years old. For more go to SplitterSplat.com
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