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My Dog has the Magic

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It dogdidn’t take long for our Dachshund, Kerzon (yes, a variation of spelling from a Star Trek character) to understand, and manipulate the 1,2,3 Magic parenting system.

Some of you may be familiar with the book 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12, or the author Dr. Thomas W. Phelan.  More of you are probably familiar with hearing a parent somewhere count to their unruly kid . . . and watching it have no effect.

The counting is part of the idea behind 1, 2, 3 Magic; to give kids a chance to think about obedience and compliance.   In the book, the main technique for parenting centers around counting to three with your kids; giving them a three count to obey.

And that’s where Kerzon comes in.  He figured out the “Magic” of 1, 2, 3 Magic:  if someone is going to count, wait until 2.9 before you obey.

Seriously, he is good at it too.  When my wife and I were using the ‘counting’ system with him, we’d say, “Drop the ball.  1 . . 2 . . ” and right before you would get to “3,” the ball would drop.  Same with ‘sit 1, 2, 3′ and ‘lay down 1, 2, 3′ and anything else that involved counting.  Our dog is probably a genius by dog standards — seriously, he’s pretty devious — but it doesn’t take a genius to realize how to ‘work’ the counting system.

That is why parents should really throw out counting.  If Kerzon can manipulate the 1, 2, 3 Magic, then kids will really utilize it for their benefit.  Start setting the precedent that your son/daughter obeys when you say something, not when you’ve counted.  If there is no compliance or acknowledgment with a directive, then a consequence should follow.

This works with pets.  When we dropped the worthless counting method, Kerzon quickly learned to ‘sit’ when we said ‘sit.’  He learned to heed our voice amid all the distractions that compete for his attention.  Humans are trainable just like pets, and consequences teach us to pay attention despite our temptation of impulses, or feelings, or other noise.

If you are looking for some great parenting techniques, start first with the Bible and look for the general core purposes of parenting. Read More→

DanaGoal compsetting is incredibly important in branding your home business. After all, you could have the most stunning logo image in the world, but if you don’t make a plan to get that out in front of your prospects, it’s not going to matter!

What kind of goals do you need to make? A strategic brand plan. This plan should consist of:

1. What ONLINE methods will you use to reach your target market?

What mix of online tools will you use? There are many to choose from: blogging, guest blogging, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, BlogTalk Radio, Podcasting,  Texting. I could go on and on.

Here is the important thing: choose only those methods that you are passionate about and can realistically devote time and effort to. Master each one. It is better to be very good at one or two than dabble in all of them and be ineffective.

If you feel you must take advantage of a whole host of online marketing methods, you might want to hire a social media manager or virtual assistant. Otherwise it is too  overwhelming and you will find yourself spinning wheels.

2. What OFFLINE methods will you use to reach your target market?

Just because Internet marketing is hot, does not mean traditional marketing methods is dead. You still need identity collateral. And the most important item? A business card. This is essential for when you are out and about or when you are at networking functions. Get in the habit of always carrying them around. Read More→


jill-new14My workfirst step into the work-at-home world was as a data extractor for a company in my local area. Believe it or not, I found that job in the Classified Ads section of the newspaper. That, however, was fifteen years ago. A lot has changed in the last fifteen years – the internet alone has grown by leaps and bounds.

So, what are some of the best ways for people in today’s market to find a telecommuting opportunity?

Classified Ads
One good thing about the technology available to us today is that most Classified Ads are now not only listed in print newspapers, but online as well. Take a look through these to see if there are businesses in your area looking for local at-home workers.

Online Job Sites
Most online job websites now offer telecommuting listings. Use the search term “telecommute” to help give you the best results. There are even websites that cater to the work-at-home crowd such as Remember – always be sure to read the fine print, and research each company/opportunity that interests you. Don’t forget to check out our Job Listings here on CWAHM when you’re searching!

More and more at-home workers are freelancing on a contract basis. Writers, web designers, graphic artists, and more are finding this a viable option to allow them to work from home. There are websites, such as and, that cater specifically to the freelance community and make it easy for freelancers to connect with companies and individuals looking to hire them. Read More→

So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies…
Haggai 1:14 NLT



Something All My Own

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creative-workOwning my own business has taught me many things about myself. I’ve learned that I can make wise business decisions, I can manage the accounts and taxes for my company, and I can type with one hand while holding a sleeping 6 month old. All of these things have helped me develop into a much more confidant person.

My business has also given me the freedom to test my limits and see what I can accomplish. Running a home-based business has become a large part of my identity. Not in a selfish, “See what I can do!” way, but in a positive sense. It has given me the confidence to know that I accomplish things that I never thought possible.

Before I was a work-at-home mom, I wanted to be able to be at home with my children, but I also felt that I needed more. I needed something for me alone that would make me feel strong and confident. I also needed the opportunity to keep in touch with others to avoid the isolation that often accompanies stay-at-home moms.

There are three keys areas in my life that I believe my home-based business has helped me develop:

When I began my website it truly was something for ME. I wanted to compile work at home information all in one spot so that I could find the perfect opportunity that would allow me to stay at home with my children. However, in running CWAHM I have found that I have a passion for helping other moms work from home. My business has taught me that to succeed you must give to others and expect nothing in return. This may not seem like a sensible business technique, but it is a biblical principle. Put others before yourself, help others to succeed and you will be successful yourself. Gina Neef, a fellow work-at-home mom, told me recently, “I didn’t realize I even wanted “something of my own” three years ago. When I began – it all unfolded… so nice to have my passion fueled.” Read More→

Last weektax I was getting along just fine. Things were being accomplished and I was rather enjoying myself. Dutifully, I was checking off item after item on my “to-do-list.” I love it when a plan comes together. However, at the top of my exuberance, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage stopped me dead in my tracks with a query.

She is quite famous, or is it infamous, for pulling these kinds of things on Yours Truly. She has a question for just about every event. Most of her questions are beyond answering, at least for me.

For instance, when we are traveling, she will wait for the right moment and then put to me this query. “Do you know where you’re going?”

A variety of ways to answer that question immediately suggests itself, not all of which would endear me to her. However, to be honest, and who doesn’t want to be honest these days, the answer to that question is usually a mumbled “No.”

Just as we get into the car and get ready to go, she asks another question. “Do you have everything you need?”

Invariably, I do not, and have to go back into the house and pick up what I left behind. I could do my own Left Behind series.

Then there is the all time favorite question. “Does this dress make me look fat?”

Just between you and me, one of these times, I am going to answer, “No, Honey, it’s not the dress making you look fat.” I am saving that one for a deathbed confession.

However, this past week when I was flying high, she dropped me dead in my tracks with another question. “Have you filed our income tax yet?”

It was at that moment my whole world came crashing down. I had not even given it a first thought, let alone a second thought. Why is it, although income tax filing day comes every year on the same day I always forget? I am getting either senile or moving towards going into politics. I am hoping for the former. Read More→


Everybody is a Rock Star

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Do HiRes-superwomanyou remember the movie, “The Incredibles?”  It’s one of my favorites.  A few things stand out about that movie:

#1  When the bad guy, Syndrome (Buddy Pine), says to Mr. Incredible, “If everyone is Super, then no one is”.  I think he was really hurt when Mr. Incredible told him (when he was young) that he works alone (“Sorry kid, I work alone”). So, he grows up and becomes a genius inventing super powers that he can control.  It seems that nowadays, everyone can do that too:  We can ALL become a Rock Star with a little help, of course,  from Garage Band, iTunes, You Tube, etc.  We can all self promote, self publish, and get a million hits on our website.  We can all be bloggers too! We all are in effect Rock Stars now.  I wonder, then, are we realy?  My answer to that is, yes and no.  On the one hand, I believe that for those of us who follow Jesus, yes, we are His beloved little Rock Stars.  Just like when my sons put on a Superman  Cape, they ‘were’ Superman.  They were my little Supermen, running around, jumping off couches & trying to fly, saving the world from the bad guys.  They were cute to watch and I smiled a lot.

I also knew, as their loving mom, their limitations: I knew they weren’t really going to fly, or always catch the bad guy in real life.  Jesus loves me just as I am, warts and all.  My crazy schemes to help marriage improve, to  save the world or whatever.  I know He loves me as the child I am: cute, funny, immature at times, distrusting at other times, and usually wanting to please Him, my loving Parent.  Just like my sons were when they were little rock stars in my eyes.  {They are now just bigger, older, but they’re still my little big rock stars!}

On the other hand, we are all NOT Rock Stars.  We all put our underwear on the same every morning.  At the end of the day, we all go to bed, hopefully surrounded by loved ones.  As a wonderful friend pointed out to me, “at the end of the day, what does it matter if I am a Rock Star?  My husband, children are what REALLY matters, not being a famous Rock Star.” Read More→

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