Balancing Motherhood & Blogging

About a year ago I dove headfirst into the blogging world. I gave it my all. It was new, it was fun, and quite frankly it became my obsession. I did an awful job of balancing motherhood and blogging. Things around the house lost my attention and it started to show. The kids were crankier, the house was most definitely not clean, and don’t even get me started on the never-ending pile of laundry. (Mom-bloggers, I can feel you nodding along to this!) I knew the only way to succeed as a blogger and a mom was to find a way to balance everything. If I kept going like I was, I’m pretty sure I would have gone crazy, so today I’m sharing with you my best tips for balancing motherhood and blogging.

These tips will help you stay on top of everything at home and for your blog. Before you know it you'll be balancing motherhood and blogging like a pro!

Set a Schedule

My kids have always been big on schedules and routines. I think it might have been the only thing that helped me survive the first year with the twins. With a schedule, the kids know what’s coming next in their day, and you know when you’ll have the opportunity to work. Having a routine in our day helps me focus on the kids more because I know that I’ll have the opportunity to write that blog post later in the day.

Wake up Early

I am not a morning person at all, and I never have been. However, since I started getting up a few hours before the kids do, I cannot deny the perks. I can get so much done in the quiet hours of the morning with a fresh cup coffee (or two!). Those are the hours when my blog gets all the attention without interruption. I can write without losing my train of thought (“Mommy, can we watch Mickey?”) or feeling guilty. I hate saying, “No, honey, mommy wants to write this, so we can’t go play outside right now.” That always leaves me feeling like the worst momma in the world, so I avoid that situation like the plague now.

It’s also worth mentioning that getting up early is soooooo much easier to do once those littles are sleeping through the night. Hang in there mommas, one day, they WILL sleep through the night and you WILL get some rest again. I promise.

Once upon a time I was such a night owl. I could stay up until 3 in the morning working on whatever project, and then happily snooze until noon. Being a mom has changed that for me, and those days are long gone. I have a hard time staying up late, much less making my brain work that late in the day, so early definitely works better for me. 


Sometimes I think to myself, “How on earth does this house get so dirty?! It shouldn’t be possible.” But then again, there are two adults, three kids, and two dogs living here, so it kinda makes sense. Plus, given the choice between blogging and cleaning, I’d rather blog, thanks. Just like the kids and I need a routine, so does the house. I put a cleaning schedule into place, and it really makes things feel manageable. I spend roughly 30 minutes (if that) cleaning one room a day. For me that’s so much easier than putting it off all week and trying to clean the entire house in one afternoon. 

I also try to do one load of laundry a day to keep it from piling up too high. I toss it in the washer in the morning so that by snack time it’s ready to fold. If I get it out of the way in the morning, it’s harder to procrastinate throughout the day. 

Set Boundaries

Now that you have a handy daily routine in place, know when you can and cannot multitask. When my kids are playing happily together, I can do some social media. When they want cuddles or to play with momma, they get my full attention. I don’t want to be that cranky mom who’s glued to her phone 24/7; I want to be the happy (not distracted) momma with arms outstretched ready to catch her little ones.

Take Advantage of Nap Time

Besides early mornings, nap time is my chance to get stuff done. Whether it’s blogging, a little housework, or some downtime for me, nap time is golden. I just have to keep in mind that flexibility is key here. The kids won’t always take a nice long nap, and they won’t always play in bed for a little while after waking up happy. Sometimes they wake up early and cranky, and on those days I need to remember to respond with happiness instead of my own crankiness. It’s frustrating, yes, but the key here is flexibility.

Get Organized

Get a planner and write down everything. (This is my favorite planner.) Make to-do lists for everything you want to do each day for the house, the family, and the blog. With it all written out in front of you it’s easier to tackle. You’ll spend much less time trying to figure out what to do next, and more time getting stuff done. Look at your daily routine and schedule tasks for yourself (i.e. I need to empty the dishwasher, so I can do that while the kids eat breakfast.).


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Do Less

This sounds counter-productive, right? Just hear me out. There is no rule that says you have to do everything all by yourself. There is no rule that says you have to post 2 to 4 times a week. It’s all opinions. What you need to do is find what works best for you and your family. 

This summer I cut back to posting only once a week. While I miss doing the second post, it has given me the opportunity to better promote the one post I’m doing. I have more time to make the content and images better. (Greater quality over quantity.) My traffic or stats haven’t really suffered. If posting several times a week is overwhelming for you, cut back. It’ll be okay. 

And don’t forget you can also ask for help. This one is really hard for me. I don’t know why, but I hate asking for help. If I haven’t kept up with the cleaning schedule during the week I’ll ask Hubs to take the kids so I can clean. Or if he’s home when they wake up early and cranky, I’ll ask him to grab them so I can finish up whatever I’m working on.

Ask for help. You shouldn’t have the whole world on your shoulders, and it’ll make you a little less cranky if someone’s helping you carry it.

Bonus Tip: Take Some Time for Yourself!

Just like with all things, you need to take some time for yourself. Take breaks and pamper yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup. You can’t take care of your family and your blog if you’re not taking care of yourself, too. Everyone needs a little me time. (You can read more about that in this post.)

Since I’ve started doing all of these things, I feel like I have a better handle on balancing motherhood and blogging. My kids have most of my focus again, and in the end, they are what really matter. I feel less overwhelmed (most of the time), and much less stressed out. My house is even clean most of the time, but we’re still not going to talk about that never-ending pile of laundry.

Are you a mom blogger? What’s your secret for balancing motherhood and blogging? Tell me below in the comments!

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  1. I can definitely relate to this blog. I am new to blogging and sometimes find myself obsessed with it. Always trying to make it better. There’s a high that comes along when something you’ve written gets a response and a disappointment when you think you’ve written something great that doesn’t. Recently my hubby had a come to jesus talk with me and I realized I also need to set some guidelines for the time I invest. Glad to hear I’m not alone.

    • Oh I’ve had that talk, too! It’s rather eye-opening! When I was first starting out I was constantly tweaking everything, trying to figure out how to do things, and meanwhile Hubs and the kids were feeling a little ignored. Setting guidelines for your time will be a huge help for you. 🙂

  2. Really great post! Waking up early and taking advantage of nap time are the biggest for me! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Thank you, Jehava! Those two times work out the best for me! I really try not to work at night after the kids go to bed because that time is reserved for Hubs!

  3. I definitely believe in scaling back and focusing on doing one thing well, then many things not as well. I’ve also been writing fewer posts, though I have increased guest contributions. I am kind of amazed at your getting up early point. How late do your kids sleep? Cause my kid wakes up by 7, which is fine on work days but awful on weekends.
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    • I try to wake up around 5:30, but I’m not always successful. My kids will stay in bed until 8 most mornings. This will work really well for me until the time changes in a few months.

  4. This is something I’ve been thinking about so much lately, even though I am not a mom. Such great insight!

    • I think a lot of these tips can apply to blogging and balancing life in general, as well. I hope this gave you some good info! 🙂

  5. Great tips! I was pretty obsessed in the beginning as well and found I had to focus on decreasing social media as its such a time suck!
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    • Yes! Social media is such a time suck! I have definitely been slacking in that department lately, but the kids are happier, so I’m not gonna complain! 🙂

  6. Social media is the hardest part about blogging. I am constantly on it!
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  7. I struggle with the balance too. I try so hard to make myself get up earlier than my son, but I just can’t do it! Nap time and after bed are my go to work times!
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    • When I first decided to start getting up early it was sooo hard to actually do it. Once I get my brain awake I usually get more done in the morning than any other time. BUT, finding the time that works best for you is what really matters. 🙂

  8. I so agree with you on the do less. People ask me how often they should blog. My answer is, exactly as often as you can.

    • Thanks, Renee! I love your answer to that! There’s no sense in trying to crank out several posts a week if they’re not going to be as good if you’re all stressed out and tired.

  9. I don’t have kids, yet I find it hard to balance my life at times! I too, have cut back on posting because I have been overwhelmed. I refuse to get burned out on blogging, so if cutting back on posting is the way to go, then what’s what I have to do!

  10. I love these great tips! Finding balance is sooooo hard, even when you’re not a blogging momma! I work outside the home too so it seems hard to fit in everything. I plan ahead and do as much as I can the night before. My house never seems to look clean but owell, right??

    • Thanks, Shannon! I don’t know how you working mommas do it!! It’s hard enough to get everything done when I’m home all day, so I can’t really imagine balancing it all after coming home from work. 🙂

  11. I couldn’t agree more. I admire your determination to do blogging without making your role as a mom taken for granted. I love your list! I’m sure your kids will be proud of their momma, 😉😉

  12. i have the same planner!! i love it! i so wish i could wake up early in the morning. instead, i end up awake until the wee hours of the morning!

  13. Hi, fellow mom blogger here!! Of course i struggle with finding time for my blog too! And I can verify myself that most of these tips do help! Now if only I could overcome my night-owl tendencies like you have! Seriously what time do you wake up?! My kids get up at 7 as it is! lol
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    • I try to wake up around 5:30, and my kids get up sometime between 7:30 and 8. This doesn’t always work out as planned: sometimes the snooze button wins, and sometimes the kids want up earlier. And once the time changes again everything will go all topsy-turvy while we all readjust. But for now I’m taking advantage of this! 🙂

  14. Yes to all of these! It’s so hard to balance everything. I’ve been resisting getting up early, but I may need to start since the twins have finally given up naptime. I also need to realize that posting less is OK. Great post.

    • Shann, that is the day I’m dreading: when the twins give up nap time! It’s hard enough on those days when they take super short naps and wake up really cranky. Posting less was actually really hard for me to accept. You’ve got a million “experts” telling you that you MUST post at least 2-3 times a week to be taken seriously, so I was really scared to cut back. It’s worked out well for me so far. Good luck!

  15. I have another one: write faster. This has been my biggest obstacle in blogging. I write so slowly that I can spend days writing only 1 post. I need to speed things up in order to stay sane.

    • That is a good one! I have a bad habit of editing my writing as I go, and I’ve heard that you can go a lot quicker if you just write it all at once, and then go back to edit.

  16. Yes! There are so many difficulties when moms want to blog but I think you nailed so many of the solutions! <3
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  17. I seriously needed this post. I’m so worried I won’t be able to balance motherhood (with a newborn) and blogging. These tips are really encouraging.
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    • A newborn changes everything! You can do it, Nikki – you’re so amazing! Just keep in mind it’s always okay to take a break. I wish you the best of luck!! 🙂

  18. Helpful tips! I need to work on waking up a few hours earlier, which is hard but I can see the benefit of it. I also. take advantage of naptime, which is great!

    • Naptime is the best time! I’ve had a really hard time getting up in the mornings, but I guess that means I just need to go to bed a little earlier.

  19. I TOTALLY feel you on this one. About 18 months ago I dove into family travel blogging and what started out as a hobby quickly turned into much more. And, while I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I am doing. I definitely had to come up with a schedule and some boundaries to make sure I was still able to be a good mom 😉 Great tips!!

    • Thanks so much! I don’t know how we would function without our schedule. I can only imagine pure chaos without it. And I can see where that would totally benefit you too, since you’re in such a unique and wonderful situation. 🙂

  20. Yes getting up early is my go to. my daughter is 3, and is the only child at the moment so she wants my attention a lot.. which is totally fine! I love getting up early anyway lol!!

    • I totally get that, Michelle! My son is four, and he’s not a fan of sharing my attention with his sisters, much less my blog. 🙂

  21. Wow what a great ideas! I’ve recently started blogging and with a 6 month old and an 8 year old, I have no idea how I’m suppose to do it all.
    I’ve thought about waking up before the kids but since the younger one isn’t even sleeping through the night, I kinda need the rest.
    Maybe your ideas can help me

  22. Love this! Just what I needed to read!

  23. Great tips. I’d also add:

    Make sure your partner/family knows the blog is important to you. When I talk to my husband about what my blog means to me, he is so supportive. He makes sure I have chunks of uninterrupted time to work, and if I have to do something minor, he makes sure the kids are distracted long enough that I can complete it.
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    • You married a great man! Last weekend I was pretty stressed about a sponsored post that had a very close deadline, so Hubs was great about keeping the kids happy and ordering dinner so I didn’t have to cook. It’s so nice to have that support.

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