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Buy it from a WAHM

Chizipoms was founded by a work-at-home mom (WAHM) Yacine Diop. So, as you can imagine, she has a soft spot for other moms working to create great...

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How to find stores run by a WAHM

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If you are looking to support a work-at-home mom (WAHM) business, online is probably the best place to start, as most don’t operate a physical storefront.

For a WAHM, her website, like Yacine’s Chizipoms baby hats website, is likely to be the primary spot where she serves her customers and provides her wares.

But most WAHMs don’t have the resources and deep pockets to conduct a lot of website marketing, like larger companies do, making it hard for them to show up in broad search queries on Google.

Even if you search on “WAHM baby hats” for example, you may not see a neat and simple list of work-at-home moms who knit baby hats for sale.

So, you may need to do a little sleuthing to find the WAHM who is going to wow you with her unique products and out-of-this-world customer attention.

Some places to find WAHM-run stores online:

First of all, think up new ways to use Google. Try using “handmade” in your search query (“handmade baby hats” instead of “WHAM baby hats”, for example).

Then check out directories of WAHM businesses, like these:

WAHM Businesses listed on WHAM.com

WAHMS Online

Mom-owned stores listed on 5 Minutes for Mom

Who’s that WAHM – a directory by business/product category that lists WAHMs by name (and links to their websites)

Look around Etsy.com, a marketplace for all things handmade and where many mom businesses offer their products to the world.

Even social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the like are great places to look. These social sites create the ideal environment for small businesses to meet and get to know new customers.

One word as you’re shopping: When you land on a WAHM’s website, be sure to read the “About” page to learn who you’re buying from and who is making your item.

And please don’t forget the basics of security when buying online. A good WHAM retailer will abide by these best practices to help keep your shopping online safe.

Do you have a WAHM experience to share?

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What no one tells you about preschool

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So, you wait until your child is four years old, or thereabouts, to enroll him or her in a great preschool. You do your research, then sit back and look forward to it, anticipating more time to yourself while your child is learning great things and making new friends.

But wait. The hard part is just beginning. There is a learning curve to getting along in preschool for mom, too.

Weird new behavior

Your kid may bring home strange sayings picked up from her new friends. His potty habits may pull a reverse on you. If you suddenly notice your child acting strangely in these first few weeks of preschool, you’re not alone. Some kids have tantrums more often. Others fall asleep by 5 pm if they’re not getting naps at school.

Your little boy or girl is entering a whole new world, and it feels strange to see the effects as they learn to step out on their own bit by bit.

Morning madness

Mornings just become a whirlwind when you have to get your child out the door by a certain time. There’s lunch to pack, breakfast to be eaten, little arms and legs to be clothed.

Preschoolers venturing to school for the first time can be known to drag their feet just when you need them to hurry up. Suddenly, they forget how to put their own shoes on, and of course they insist that mommy do it for them.

The drop-off and pickup

It’s not like you’re walking your child to the end of the driveway to get on the school bus. You’ve got to pile him or her into the car, along with any younger siblings you keep at home with you… and then all get out on the other end, too.

You walk your child to the classroom, and then pile yourself (and the others if you have more kids) back into the car and go home. The whole procedure is repeated again in a couple hours. If you’re lucky, your husband may do the drop while you do the pickup.

Parent involvement

Scholastic Book Club order forms, fundraising activities, festivals, volunteering, donation signups, parent-teacher meetings, orientations, field trips, spirit days, dress-up days, school pictures… it seems there is something new every week that requires a bit of effort.

Of course you want to be involved for your child. It’s just that you picture it more like helping out in the classroom, so you don’t see all these little things coming.

Sick days

You’re paying thousands of dollars for those first few months, but it seems your child is home more than at school! She picks up every bug going around, since it’s her first time in a group childcare setting. And it spreads through your family, leaving that first school year a blur for all of you.

After six weeks as a mom to a new preschooler, this is what has hit me. How about you? What took you by surprise?

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