Today on Writer Wednesday we welcome Becky Kopitzke, author of Cranky Mom Fix.
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Writer’s Wednesday with Becky Kopitzke: Where Writer’s Write
Working from home has its benefits. I can fold a load of towels between phone calls and toss dinner in the crock pot at lunch.
But my home office life has plenty of drawbacks, too. For example, I can fold a load of towels between phone calls and toss dinner in the crock pot at lunch.
The boundaries between work and home are easily tripped. Some days that’s a blessing, and other days it means my deadlines must answer to a nine-year-old begging for Oreos.
I’m a writer. Author, blogger, freelance editor, writing coach—choose a title and I’ll wear it well. But as with most writers, writing isn’t all I do. Beyond my desk, I’m also the mom of two tween daughters, wife of an entrepreneur husband (who also works from home), and proud owner of a yappy office dog who inevitably howls at the Fed Ex guy just as soon as I hop on a podcast Zoom.
In my genre of Christian non-fiction lifestyle, my family fuels my writing. Our daily joys and challenges provide endless fodder for books and blogging, including lessons learned the hard way. I try to approach writing and family life, not as separate entities but rather intertwined gifts working in synergy.
That means this time of year I’m juggling writing projects with popsicles, play dates and trips to the city swimming pool. My countertops hold extra dirty dishes, my carpets carry extra dirt, and somehow I’m still picking up the same amount of dog poo in the yard because nobody else wants to do it.
I love this glorious life.
During the school year, I can drop my girls off at school then park at my desk for six hours until pick-up time. Summer, however, is a season of fluidity. When I really need to write in summer, I do this:
Announce my plans. I tell my family, “Mom is blocking out Monday morning for work. I have a big project to get done.” That way everybody knows when I’ll be in work mode, which means—don’t ask for homemade pancakes; pour yourself some Lucky Charms instead.
Get up early. In summer I’ll rise with the sun to get a few hours of work accomplished before my children are even thinking about cracking their eyes open for the day. This is when I’m grateful for the tween years. Unlike babies and toddlers, older kids actually sleep.
Tag-team. My husband and I compare schedules daily and strategize how to cover for one another when either of us is staring down a tight deadline or can’t-miss meeting.
Ask for help. Finally, I empower my children to cooperate—with me and one another—in order to allow Mom some uninterrupted work time. Lately, I pay my 12-year-old to “babysit” her sister; then I pay them both as a reward for getting along.
For all its hassle, the writing + family life is truly a dream come true. I’m blessed to do what I love, with the people I love best surrounding me. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Becky Kopitzke is the author of three books including The Cranky Mom Fix: Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the “Momster” in All of Us. As a writer, speaker, dreamer, believer, lunch packer, and recovering perfectionist, Becky is on a mission to encourage and equip women to be kind to themselves and others in Jesus’ name. She and her husband Chad live in northeast Wisconsin with their two tween daughters, shelves full of slime supplies, and a puppy named Prophet. Beyond writing and family, Becky is actively involved at her regional evangelical church, where she leads women’s Bible studies, sings on the worship team, and hugs half the people she sees.
More about The Cranky Mom Fix
“Finding other moms who will admit to what real life in the trenches looks like is always a relief. Becky is that kind of mom friend. She’s been there, and she’s going to give you real-life, practical advice for how to climb out.”–LISA-JO BAKER, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood
You want to be a great mom. But does the “Momster” inside you growl and roar at the people you love best?
If we’re honest with ourselves, almost every mom knows she can go from being kind to cranky in no time flat. When we’re tired, busy, anxious, preoccupied–okay, so anytime, really–we tend to default to snapping and barking at our kids. But life doesn’t have to be this way.
Through coaching other moms who share a desire to be a kinder, gentler parent, Becky Kopitzke has learned the keys to taming the “momster” in all of us. And in this grace-filled book, she will help you
- assess the triggers that spark your angry responses
- understand your children better so you can minimize frustrations
- learn gentle, effective responses to trying situations
- and much more
Purchase The Cranky Mom Fix as your personal battle plan to focus on who you are and how to wield God’s wisdom and strength in your family. With an extensive resource section of practical activities, tips, and self-assessment tools, this book will help you reclaim true peace for your soul and your home.