Shara Lawrence-Weiss is a mom of four children, ages 13, 5, 3 and 4 months, and Owner of MommyPerks.com.
How did you come up with the idea for your website? I did not actually found/start Mommy Perks. I bought the company in early 2009 and took over. I first found Mommy Perks when I was looking around for advertising, for my children’s book business. I then became co-owner and later, full owner. We revamped the site, modified our mission and away we went! Mommy Perks first started up as a ‘coupon site’ of sorts – offering PERK codes for those who shop through the site. While I do continue with this idea under our PERKS area, I married my background in education and writing in order to offer small business services for those on a business budget. We now offer a multitude of parenting and business articles, resources, tips, guest posts, PR options, networking opportunities and much more.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Hmmm…. Probably, “Don’t get so wrapped up in the short-term issues that you can’t see the forest through the trees.” It’s so easy to focus on what’s happening today and I have to pull back and ask myself, “Will this one little issue really matter in ten years? Will any of us even remember it? Likely not. So put your energy into long term thinking rather than short term annoyances and pitfalls!” I can’t always follow this advice but I sure do try. Long term thinking! We are raising future grown-ups here… not forever-kids. Thinking long term saves me so much stress and anxiety.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? We moved away from the city and this was a primary reason. We wanted more outdoor time and fresh air. We live in a small town now, near the woods. We walk, bike, fish, help to run the kid’s events at our town charity fund-raisers and more. We love being outside and our kids play outdoors every single day (even when it snows and rains). We make exercise and outdoor time a huge part of our family routine so it just flows now. We don’t even think twice about it. We have a trampoline outside, swings and more. We often invite neighborhood kids over, too, so they can play outdoors with our kids. As far as eating goes, we joined a food co-op long ago to get fresh fruits and veggies. We eat whole grain breads and pastas and try to stay away from white flour, too many carbs, too much sugar, etc. That said, we do allow our kids to have treats. I’ve found that “everything in moderation” seems to work well for our family.
How do you recharge your batteries? I actually just wrote a guest post about this! I find that music, prayer, peaceful drives, vitamins, writing and baking really help me to recharge. I also need time to just sit and be alone with my own thoughts (in the shower or bath or car, etc). As long as I get some of that every day, I’m good to go! Talking with my husband is another big one for me. He’s my best friend. If I can vent to him any time needed – everything else calms down inside me.