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Do you wish you had some help on your blog? Someone to take some of the tasks off your lengthy to-do list for you?
Well, if you’re a mom blogger, a helper may be within reach!
Your kids can be a lot of help as you grow a blog. There are plenty of ways to integrate them into your business. When you do this, you’re helping them gain valuable skills.
I’ve written before about how my kids help me. But, I knew I wasn’t the only one doing this. So, I reached out to some other bloggers to find out how they’re working with their kids to grow.
Here’s a peek at how five other mom bloggers integrate their kids into their businesses, along with some quick takeaways for you. I hope their stories encourage you as much as they do me!
Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows
Amy is one of the very first bloggers I started following! She’s another large family, homeschooling mama, and shares posts about homemaking and homeschooling.
Several times in her posts or newsletters, Amy has indicated some different ways her children help her with her blog. Here’s a quick overview she shared with me:
My 16 year old daughter does most of the photography and has for several years now. My son edits the podcast and videos I do. He’s 19 and in college, but still lives at home and has been helping me with this for about 2 years. They also babysit for me when I am recording.
I love how Amy encourages her children to use their talents. Her daughter has definitely grown her photography skills as she’s grown, and she now has a photography site of her own.
Important takeaway: When your kids help you, they’re gaining skills they can use to make money on their own someday. Working together on a blog is beneficial for both of you!
Kim Creigh from Creigh-ations
Kim’s blog is full of cute ideas for creating with kids! Her whole site shouts “FUN!”
To integrate her kids, she has them complete some of the craft projects, and then takes pictures of their creations. Her children often show up in images on her site as well.
This glimpse into her real life helps make her blog more personable, and I’m sure her kids have lots of fun with the projects!
Important takeaway: Make working with you fun. Look for ways to do what you love, so your enthusiasm draws your kids in.
Kristy Howard from Kristy’s Cottage
If you’re looking for encouragement and inspiration, you definitely need to check out Kristy’s blog. A pastor’s wife, and homeschooling mom, I appreciate the wisdom Kristy shares with her posts.
Recently, Kristy shared on Facebook how her oldest daughter has been taking pictures for her blog, and editing them. She does great work, and I’m looking forward to seeing her photography skills continue to grow in the future!
Important takeaway: Let your child’s talents and interests guide you as you brainstorm ways for them to help. Find something they enjoy, and let them build their skills as they practice.
Tamara Carlisle from Momma Making Moves
A mom of five, Tamara Carlisle writes posts to help save the sanity of large family mamas! She has a great sense of humor, and some great money-saving tips!
Since blogging takes a good amount of time, Tamara enjoys having her kids help her. That way they can spend quality time together while she works. Here’s what she shared with me:
If I am preparing for a recipe post, all of my children like to be kitchen assistants. During the actual writing process, my 6-year-old is sitting in my chair with me, offering feedback and helping my design my images. She helps me choose stock images and fonts as I design my images. Now that I have an interest in creating my own stock images, my 11-year-old is going to start taking photos with me.
I love how she utilizes her kids in some behind the scenes way. I think most mom bloggers do this, even if they don’t realize it!
Important takeaway: Your kids don’t have to be old enough to read or write to help you with your blogging efforts! Get them started while they’re young, so it becomes part of their life. As they grow and gain skills, they’ll be eager to help you in new ways. It’s definitely worth the effort now, even if it’d be easier to do it yourself.
Vicky Warren from Vicky Warren Writing
I met Vicky through the 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success course She’s a great writer and social media strategist, and also a mom to four boys.
Vicky’s found plenty of ways to integrate her boys into her business, especially when it comes to social media marketing. Here’s a quick peek at some of the ways they help:
- Set up and manage pinning schedules on Tailwind
- Delete automatic direct messages on Twitter
- Using Crowdfire to manage Twitter followers
Vicky wrote a guest post for me in back February of 2017, expanding on this topic, which you can check out here.
Important takeaway: Many social media tasks are “process oriented.” For these, you can create a checklist of steps for your child to follow, helping to ensure success!
It’s also something that many teens seem to know much more about than their mamas. Have them share their knowledge and teach you some new tricks. Letting your kids be the “expert” in something will grow their confidence!
7 Tips for Success as You Integrate Your Kids
Here are seven strategies to help you onboard your kids onto your blogging team.
1. Start Small
Don’t try to teach your child too many things at once. Pick one task and do it together several times before you have your child do it alone. You can always grow from there!
2. Use Their Talents
You want to play to your child’s strengths, at least at first. What sorts of tasks do they really enjoy? Pick a task related to an area of interest for them to do first.
They can definitely learn new skills though, so don’t be afraid to have them try something that’s only slightly related. You never know, you may be helping them discover exactly what they were meant to do!
3. Select Ability Appropriate Tasks
While there’s nothing wrong with having your child stretch slightly to learn a new task, you don’t want to pick one that’s too overwhelming. Pick a task that’s appropriate for your particular child. You know each child’s abilities and stretch capacity.
Be careful not to give a younger child a task where a lot can potentially go wrong. For instance, I wouldn’t want my seven-year-old doing anything directly on my website. There are just too many settings that can be changed, and she isn’t ready for that amount of responsibility.
So, I find offline ways she can help. There are plenty of options out there, so she doesn’t not get to help just because she’s not ready to something.
4. Appreciate the Work They Do
Don’t ever take the work your children do for you for granted. Appreciate the effort they put in, and thank them for their help.
How can you show appreciation? Here are some ideas:
- With your words of genuine praise
- By spending more time with your kids as you gain extra time because they’re helping
- With payment, especially if your kids are older and doing work equivalent to a VA you’d have to hire
- By helping them set up their own blog or website and teaching them how to start a business of their own
5. Teach Your Kids the Vocabulary
Blogging has a unique vocabulary. Make sure you take the time to teach your children the vocabulary they’ll need to succeed. If they’re working on social media, make sure they know what a pin is (not something sharp used to hold fabric together! :D).
If they’ll be uploading drafts to WordPress, they need to know what the different forms of visibility mean. They’ll need to know the difference between a post and a page. And what a category is.
Want to know the easiest way to teach kids vocabulary?
Use the words in your conversation together. Talk to your children about what you’re doing before they’re ready to take on the task. Using the words around them, and taking time to explain them, is how they will learn.
6. Teach the Task in a Way That Makes Sense
How does your child learn best? If you’ve got an auditory learner, consider recording the directions for them to listen to.
Depending on your child’s learning style, you could also:
- Create a checklist
- Let your child watch you do the task, and then do it together
- Use PowerPoint to make a quick presentation of the steps
7. Make Sure the Environment Is Safe
There’s a lot of stuff out there on the internet I don’t want to see, and I certainly don’t want my kids exposed to it.
If your child will be helping you on social media, don’t follow people who post questionable content. Review your feeds periodically and block or unfollow anyone who posts things you don’t want your children to see.
You can also consider investing in a good filter, especially if your child will be doing internet research. A little prevention is worth a lot in this area!
Kids Are So Capable
Kids truly are capable of much more than they’re often given credit for. They rise and fall to meet your expectations.
And most children really enjoy doing valuable work. They also enjoy spending time with you. So, if they’re helping you on your blog, they’re doing both at the same time.
Do Your Children Help You Blog?
If you’re a mom blogger, drop a comment below sharing how you integrate your kids into your blogging business. And, if you’re looking for more ideas, check out these posts:
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Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.