Why Mothers Make Better Entrepreneurs

People often talk about how difficult it is to start and run your own business. Entrepreneurs work long, hard hours, often for little recognition. They need to be able to multi-task and juggle numerous projects at once as they build their business and help it grow. Do you know who else does all of that on a daily basis? Mothers.

Mothers make excellent entrepreneurs, and this is more than just an opinion. The Kauffman Foundation released studies that show that venture-backed businesses with a woman in charge create 12% more revenue and are more resilient to market and financial crises. The skills that are necessary in entrepreneurship are many of the same ones crucial for successfully navigating motherhood: just take a look for yourself.

Mothers know how to prioritize

When you’re trying to coordinate the educational and extracurricular calendars of three children who are all involved in different activities on top of finding time to cook, clean, and have a whole professional career to boot, you need to learn which things to prioritize and which ones can be put off until later.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Juggling responsibilities is like spinning plates; some plates, the important ones like family, health, loved ones, and self-care, are delicate and need the most attention to make sure they don’t break. Then, from there, you prioritize down and eliminate or delegate whichever tasks you won’t have time for. And speaking of delegation…

Mothers know how to delegate

Any mother will tell you that if you try taking on too much at once you’ll end up with more of a mess on your hands than when you started, which is why delegation is such a crucial skill to have in your arsenal. Things like assigning chores and having children take on some responsibility around the house can go a long way in the vein of helping you stay organized and making sure everything gets done.

Mothers know how to inspire a team and motivate others

By default, mothers are constantly in ‘sales’ mode. Whether it’s trying to convince a messy toddler that they want to take a bath or convincing your teenager that they need to go to school, you’re put in the position of salesperson quite often. When it comes time to sell your clients on signing a contract or convince them to stay with your business, you’ve already got the experience you need to help you navigate your pitch effectively.

Postpartum Workouts for You & Your Baby

A great way for mothers and their babies to bond is through light workouts. Before you begin, make sure both you and your baby will be comfortable and safe with your selected workout.
A great way for mothers and their babies to bond is through light workouts. Before you begin, make sure both you and your baby will be comfortable and safe with your selected workout.

If you’re a recent mother, it’s no secret to you that time can be a bit tight. Between changing diapers, cooking, cleaning and working, it’s hard to even imagine there being time for exercise much less actually putting aside the time to do it. If only there were ways to overlap some of duties that didn’t involve cooking while changing diapers or breastfeeding at the gym. Fortunately, there is a solution: you can work out while bonding with your baby. There are some safe and effective workouts that you can do with your baby that will not only help you strengthen your muscles, they’ll help you strengthen your bond with your child. Take a look at some of the workouts you can do while keeping in mind your baby’s limitations as well as your own.

  • Wall Sits: Stand with your back against the wall with your heels about a foot from the wall, holding your baby’s face out wit his back and head against your stomach and chest for support. Bend your knees as if you were sitting – without extending your knees past your toes – and hold for 10 seconds before slowly standing back up. Try to work up to ten reps.
  • Chest Press: Lying on your back with your feet on the ground, hold your baby against your chest and slowly raise your arms to lift your baby in the air above you. Hold for ten seconds, then slowly bring your baby back down. Try to repeat this 10 times.
  • Planks: This move will work out your entire body, targeting the triceps, upper back, core abdominals, and buttocks. Start out on your hands and knees with your baby on his back under you. Lower your forearms until they’re flat on the floor with your shoulders directly above them. Then slide your knees back about a foot while keeping your back level and your abs tight. Hold for 30 seconds, eventually working up to 2 minutes. Bonus: sing your baby’s favorite nursery rhyme while you hold the pose.
  • Lunges: Stand straight up while holding your baby to your chest. Take a big step forward with your left leg and bend until both knees are at a 90 degree angle. Make sure you don’t extend the front knee beyond your toes. Push off with your back leg and bring your feet together, then repeat with your right leg.
  • Roll-Back Crunches: Sit with your knees bent and your feet under a piece of heavy furniture for support. Have your baby sitting on your lap with his back and head supported by your thighs. Make sure to hold him securely before rocking back a few inches until you can feel your abs tighten. Hold this pose for 10 seconds, slowly bring yourself up into the starting position, and repeat 10 times.
  • Taking the stairs is a great means of exercise. Try holding your baby in front of you and walking up and down the steps for 10 minutes.
    Taking the stairs is a great means of exercise. Try holding your baby in front of you and walking up and down the steps for 10 minutes.

    Stairs: If you live in a residence that has a staircase, try taking the steps with your baby. Hold him in front of you and walk up and down the stairs for 10 minutes. You’ll really be able to feel the burn from this one.

  • Dance: This workout is great if you’re feeling tired or stressed. Hold your baby close to you – use a carrier as needed – and put on some music that you love and start dancing, all while keeping your abs tight. Be careful not to bounce or turn too quickly while holding your baby. You can also put your baby in a bouncy seat or swing and dance around him using big movements and maintaining eye contact.

If your baby is still too young to participate in any of these mommy-and-me exercises but you want to break a sweat, try bringing your baby with you on a walk or a hike. Put your baby in his stroller and take him out for a walk. When your baby reaches 6 months, you can also put him in a jogging stroller and take him for a light run. If you’re hiking, bring your baby in a front carrier, making sure he’s well supported. You can also use a sling or a backpack if your baby can support himself, but make sure whatever your choose doesn’t strain your neck, shoulders, or back.

Working Moms and Their Children

Working mothers face a lot of scrutiny. They’re expected to still remain the primary caretakers of their children on top of having a job, either full or part time. Working mothers often get asked questions like, “How do you balance work and family?” and “Who watches the kids while you’re away?,” questions rarely – if ever – asked of the father. While working mothers often feel the burden of guilt over choosing to have a career, they should feel guilty no more. Working moms, rejoice! New psychological studies have found that working mothers tend to have happier children than stay-at-home moms while also being happier themselves.

There are ever-growing amounts of research saying that helicopter parenting harms kids more than it helps them. A study of college students found that children given their independence report satisfaction, better health, and confidence as young adults, where children of helicopter parents are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and self-doubt in their decisions. In fact, according to a University of Michigan study, the amount of time that parents – both mothers and fathers – spend with their children before their teenage years has little to no impact on the child’s performance socially, academically, or emotionally.

In fact, it’s not until the child’s teenage years that more time spend with a parent can help reduce delinquency. What actually makes a difference in the children’s lives is income: family income is a much bigger predictor of whether or not a child will have successful development than the amount of time spent with parents. This isn’t to say that people who are rich will have better kids, but rather higher household income for each income bracket correlates to better child development. An economically stable environment is more important in a child’s development than having a parent constantly present. So, working moms, if you’re working to give your child a better life, keep it up. You’re doing the right thing.

Mothers who work at least part time are happier and have better health overall as compared to stay-at-home moms.
Mothers who work at least part time are happier and have better health overall as compared to stay-at-home moms.

On top of having happier children, working mothers themselves are also happier than their stay-at-home counterparts. A study from the American Psychological Association said that mothers who are employed part time report fewer symptoms of depression and better overall health than mothers who stay at home with their children.

Moms, enjoy spending time with your children, but also enjoy taking time for yourself. Your children will thank you for it, and you’ll thank yourself.