Stay-at-home moms finding balance and success

Stay-at-home moms finding balance and success

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Stay-at-home moms. They're not what they used to be.

In fact, 29 percent of America women, the most in 15 years, are choosing to opt out of the day-to-day workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that doesn't mean they're not contributing to the family income.

We caught up with three Region 8 women intent on combining the role of "mother" with "working professional" from wherever they are!

"At three o'clock, my world goes crazy," said Dia Sawyer, mother of seven and operator of a home-based internet business. Sawyer's children range in age from toddler stage to college age.

"All my kids know what everything is," said Sawyer. "They know how to demonstrate it and talk about it."

Between afternoon pick-ups from area schools, Sawyer stops to drop off 3D eyelash products for a giveaway.

"It's been crazy," said Sawyer. "I don't know. I didn't plan on working for sure. Especially with him. He wasn't even two yet." Sawyer points to her youngest son. But Younique, a line of women's cosmetics, got her attention and now has her husband's, as well.

"He was like, you are crazy!" said Sawyer. " And then I started getting money and checks and he said, 'This is pretty cool' and then he started saying, our business. It's perfect for my situation."

She is the epitome of the busy mom as kids swirl about her in the family kitchen.

"I love it because you don't have to have physical parties, and you don't have to auto-ship," she said.

Doing business online when there's time is key for busy moms.

Rhianna Baughn, mother of three children,  the youngest of whom is an infant, wants to observe milestones herself.  She does not want to leave that to a daycare worker.

"They're only little once. I want to catch all the little things," said Baughn. "Not someone else getting it."

She was one of several who recently turned out for a seminar about getting an education online to become a coder or medical transcriptionist.

Christina Ryan agrees with that logic. Her son is almost 6 months old and goes with her nearly everywhere.  Dressed in casual workout clothes, she pushes him in a stroller as she takes a call about an event she is planning.

Ryan has extensive knowledge of event planning, marketing and motherhood.  Out of the day-to-day work world, Ryan says she sees her life as being more productive now.

"You can focus a lot better when you're not pulled in a hundred different directions," she said.

That's allowed her to focus on her next big venture.

"It's a product called Thrive and it's a vitamin supplement," said Ryan. "It's vitamin supplements, energy, metabolism, shakes and a patch you wear.

Using the same skills she sharpened in the corporate world, Ryan targets customers through her internet, home-based business and she has advice for other women considering such an option.

"Just take a breath and take a chance," said Ryan. "The worst thing that happens is that it doesn't work. But, you still have our family. You still have all of that and then you can say that you don't have any regrets."

The biggest challenge for these Moms? All said, time management.  Sawyer had advice to share that she learned at a conference for her business.

"Women juggle all the time," said Sawyer. "Glass balls are things you can't drop. These pertain to family, your health, et cetera."

But, she said, "There are things you can let fall and it will be okay.  Sometimes those things have to do with extended family or church. They will understand. You have to figure out.  What are your glass balls and what are the ones that are okay to let go?"