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Survivor
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I recieved this from someone that posts on the hatrack river forums.
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How can you be a good housewife and mother in the middle of a writing frenzy?

How can you write when you must constantly be a mom of little kids and your thoughts are always interupted?

I joined a writers group a long time ago, and because of these woes, I didn't contribute very well, so I am afraid to join again.


I'm not sure to what end she asked me to post it here, but surety is never more than a chimera. it's not a viral bomb, at any rate.

[This message has been edited by Survivor (edited September 04, 2000).]


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Hello to the Housewife! I, too, am a stay-at-home mom. I have been fortunate enough to find a church that has a "Mother's Day Out" program. For a very small fee, they will watch kids for about 3 hours, 2 days a week. I am planning to take advantage of this service.

Also, I have to do a lot of my writing after the family goes to sleep. I know that these solutions aren't very satisfactory, but I figure they're the best I've got, so I'll try to take full advantage of them. Even if I only get an hour a day, at least it's something.

Another idea you could try - find out if there are other moms with kids the same age as yours who might want to start up a "playgroup" type of arrangement. You could take turns watching the children, giving one mom each turn a chance to be by herself.

Good luck, I know it's not easy! If you come up with other good ideas, please share them. I myself am not a very good housekeeper, but I do try. I'm hoping that by giving myself a 'regular writing time' that I can manage to be more focused during housework time.

I also ran across a Writing Mom's website when I was doing a random surf on the 'net. Unfortunately I don't remember the address. I bet if you can find it, there will be a lot of good ideas and some support for the unique challenges of writing mothers.


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