If you're a piano mom, trying to balance work and family, you'll love these practical ideas. They're from my newest webinar, Upbeat Moms (Get $20 OFF now!)
Upbeat Moms is all about balancing work and family. Because let's face it. Parenting is hard enough. Add in a business and it can feel overwhelming.
But it doesn't have to be that way!
Here are a couple strategies that experts discussed in Upbeat Moms. I just couldn't wait to share them with you!
1. CREATE "BUFFER TIME"
Most of the moms that I interviewed for my new webinar said this is the number one way they're able to balance work and family.
Instead of diving into lessons as soon as school lets out, they reserve the first lesson spot for their very own kids.
That's right! The valuable afternoon time that every parent wants is put on hold for 30 minutes while these teachers enjoy their kids. They have a snack together and get all the scoop from school.
As one expert put it..."If you wait 3 hours to talk with your children, they'll have forgotten everything they wanted to tell you!" Isn't that a great quote? If you're a mom - you know it's true!
After your quality time together, you can launch into teaching - guilt free!
By the way - all the teachers had a different name for it:
It doesn't matter what you call it, but the Upbeat Moms experts say it's improved their family life - BIG TIME!
If you're struggling to balance work and family, give it a try this fall. Maybe it'll help you too!
2. BEFORE YOU CREATE STUDIO POLICIES AND SCHEDULES, CREATE FAMILY PRIORITIES
Most piano teachers agree that it's necessary to have studio policies. Not only do your families need to know what's expected, you also don't want anyone taking advantage of you. It's protection that goes both ways, right?
Your family deserves the same attention. Set those priorities first.
What's important to your husband? What matters to your kids? How can you set your schedule around those things? The answer will be different for all of us. I'm not saying it'll be easy, but I guarantee it'll be worth it.
Best of all? By setting family priorities, you can let go of the guilt. You'll have peace knowing that your family's needs are being met. It'll be a weight off your shoulders.
BONUS TIP: THEY LEARN TO SAY "YES" TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT
Last year I blogged about entering my son's final year of high school. Because I wanted to treasure that time, I made some big changes. You can read all about it here.
Just yesterday I posted the update. What a year it's been! Matthew's headed off to college next month (Eek!) and I'm SO thankful I said YES to what really matters. You can do it too!
Upbeat Moms is all about helping you make smart choices with confidence. I go behind the scenes with your favorite piano teachers! (Click here to get $20 OFF!)
You'll hear from older moms who are now empty nesters. How did they make it all work? What do they regret?
You'll also hear from younger moms who are right in the middle of it all. What's working for them?
You'll be able choose the ideas that'll work best for your family. If your decisions reflect your top priorities, you can let go of the overwhelm. And that's something we all want!
Hi there! I'm Tracy Selle. A Christian wife, mom, and author of 101 Piano Practice Tips. I'm also a piano teacher and founder of Upbeat Piano Teachers.