How To Make Money Whilst Homeschooling

One of the common misconceptions of unschooling is that is it permissive parenting.

Many people think that giving your kids freedom over their lives and choices somehow means that you will give them everything and anything they want… Not True!

In our house we try to give our kids as much real life reality data as possible, including the opportunity to earn their own money.

When they want to buy something, rather than give them the money or the thing, I do everything within my power to help them how to figure out a way to earn it.

Buying it for them is easy; helping them to figure out a way to earn it is much more effort, but so much more rewarding.

Click below to see how my kids earn money.

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I’m curious… what are the ways you help your kids to earn money?  I’d love some more ideas so please let me know in the comments.

Adios amigo

Love Kim xo

 

 

Power that lies hidden within you

It was about 3am in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

I woke up (probably needing to pee) and heard the rain falling in a steady downpour onto the sloping roof outside our bedroom window.

I love the rain.

It reminds me of Irish summer holidays in my Aunt’s caravan where it rained more than the sun shone and we would play endless games of pick up sticks, listening to it drumming on the thin roof above our heads.

I listened to the rain; mingled with the steady breathing of Ryan and Jack on either side of me, and Corey on a mattress on the floor.

My husband and eldest and youngest sons, all sleeping soundly; cocooned by the love and protection of our family bond.

And as I lay there, listening to rain and breath, my thoughts turned to the places in the world where mothers are lying in fear.

The places where men are beheading children and putting their heads on stakes in playgrounds.

The places where families are fleeing, mothers and fathers are terrified, and lives are being ripped apart.

And I realised again how truly blessed I am to have the opportunity to live the life that I do.

A life that has never known true fear.  

A life where I get to keep my babies close to me every single day and night.

A life where I can sleep knowing that my children will never be ripped from me and beheaded in the street.

A life that is safe.

And before I drifted back to sleep I reaffirmed my commitment to help eradicate the world of violence by eradicating it in myself.

To remember that every act of ill intent towards another, whether in thought or action, is in fact, violence.

To remember that every time I commit an act of violence I am giving permission for it to exist in the world.

To continue on my path of peaceful, gentle parenting (no matter how hard, or how much resistance I face from well intentioned friends and family) for the sake of not only my own children, but for all children; everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim’s Blog : 3 Top Tips For WAHMs To Fit It All In

As WAHMies we wear many hats and trying to juggle our responsibilities to keep everything running smoothly can be challenging.

As a mum of four and an entrepreneur, here are my three top tips for getting it all done:

1.  Get up earlier

There is a quote by Malcolm Gladwell which says:

“Anyone who can rise before 5am 363 days of the year cannot help but be successful”.

In this quote he was referring to the Chinese farmers who used to tend to the paddy fields, but there is an element of truth in it.

Getting up early requires discipline.  It requires you to be able to overcome your body and your comfort impulses, and haul your lazy ass out of bed.  But once you master this one small step, you’ll realise that quite anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

2.  Don’t put it down, put it away

Next time you find yourself stepping over something that needs put away, or putting something down rather than putting it back where it belongs, stop and think.  You’ll find if you just go and put it back there and then, you’ll save yourself a huge amount of time in the long run.

3.  Turn off all email, social media and phone calls when working on your business

It takes 20 minutes for you to get into a work “state” and if you interrupted, it will take another 20 minutes to get back to where you were.  Give yourself a fighting chance of getting your work done, and remove all distractions.

Welcome to KimConstable.com!

Well it finally happened, and not in the way you were expecting.

I know I had talked about migrating my blog onto my new website Consumermums.com, but in the end I decided it didn’t really make sense.

I have such a huge and loyal following on this blog, which includes both men and women, that sending you all scurrying off to a site which is predominately about helping mums have more for their money, just didn’t make sense.

So now, I am in my own domain name, and Lipgloss Entrepreneurs is no more.  From now on, it’s just lil ol’ me (and all of you of course).

I want to apologise up front if you have received some duplicate posts.  Migrating 250 blog posts was challenging and there were a few hiccups along the way.  But hopefully all will be fine, and life will continue as normal.

Thank you again for your continued love, support, comments and readership.  Without you, I would be like Tom Hanks on that desert island, talking to Wilson the volleyball.

You all matter to me, and you make what I do, very worthwhile.  If I have touched your life somehow, or helped you in some small way, then I am extremely grateful.

With love

Kim x

Change

Many of you will be aware that I am pre-launching a new company in a few weeks, with the full launch in early 2013.  The company is called Consumermums.com and is it a revolutionary new company aimed at helping mums to have more. The company, I have been told, is one of the most amazingly […]

Many of you will be aware that I am pre-launching a new company in a few weeks, with the full launch in early 2013.  The company is called Consumermums.com and is it a revolutionary new company aimed at helping mums to have more.

The company, I have been told, is one of the most amazingly smart, but incredibly simple ideas ever to hit the consumer mums market.

It is a company that will enable mums to:

  • Save money
  • Make money
  • Support their local community
  • Provide a better life for their families

I am soooooo excited, passionate and driven by the potential of this company, and what it can do for mums the world over.

How will this affect you?

Well, it won’t affect you much at all, except that instead of landing on Lipgloss Entrepreneurs, you will land on Consumermums.com as I have decided to incorporate my blog into my new website.

The content will still be the same great articles that you’ve come to expect from me, and it will still be delivered straight to your inbox on a daily basis (if you subscribe to my blog).  The only difference will be the name.

So look out for the change.  It will be happening within the next 14 days.  And please, as usual, I’d love to hear your comments, suggestions and feedback.

Love Kim

 

Products Or Benefits? Why Knowing The Difference Is Essential For Making More Sales

When I first started this blog, 170 days ago, someone told me that the best blog posts should be around 150 words long. I remember looking at them as if they were quite mad.  How could I possibly say what I had to say in that few words?  My first posts were a struggle to […]

When I first started this blog, 170 days ago, someone told me that the best blog posts should be around 150 words long.

I remember looking at them as if they were quite mad.  How could I possibly say what I had to say in that few words?  My first posts were a struggle to stay under 700 words, let alone 150.

Yet as I have proceeded with my blog, my posts have gradually become shorter.  Now I average 150 words on a short day and 300 words on a long day and I’m clearer and more concise in my message.

I know exactly who I’m talking to and how valuable their time is.

The only blog that I subscribe to that I read on a daily basis (without fail) is one by Seth Godin.  It’s short and to the point, takes under one minute to read.

It’s valuable to me because it satisfies two of my core values:

  1. Education
  2. Time

I’m lacking in both, so Seth manages to educate me in a very short space of time.  I don’t subscribe to his blog, I subscribe to the benefits that his blog brings me.

So the questions then become:

What is your customer lacking that you are aiming to give them? 

What is the need of your niche that you are working to meet?

Remember: people don’t buy products, people buy benefits.

So how will your company make their lives a little bit better?

Stuck For Ideas? Try This Simple But Highly Effective Strategy for Inspiration

People ask me all the time how I get inspiration to write a daily blog (albeit very late, as this one is today). The answer is simple and surprises most people: I read.   Every day, I read and read and read.  I probably spend about one to two hours per day, every day, reading […]

People ask me all the time how I get inspiration to write a daily blog (albeit very late, as this one is today).

The answer is simple and surprises most people: I read.  

Every day, I read and read and read.  I probably spend about one to two hours per day, every day, reading books, manuals, reports and other stuff that interests me.

I read about marking, leadership, sales techniques, parenting issues, relationship issues, goal setting and much more.  Anything that interests me and is relevant to my goals, makes it onto my reading list.

Not only does my daily reading help to inspire my blog posts, it also educates me.  

Every time I read, I come up with a new idea, or a new angle.  I see possibilities for new products, new businesses and new ventures all over the place.  My problem is never lack of ideas, it’s making sure that I follow through with the current one before moving on to the next.

Want to be better at what you do?  Start to inform yourself.

Nothing else will make you a leader in your industry more than knowledge coupled with sustainable, consistent action.