On Aneta Alaei’s blog, Home With Aneta, she happily shares the realities of parenting her four children. What began as a blog created to keep and share family memories has quickly become a hub for other parents to share their stories. We spoke with Aneta about her typical workday, favourite blogs, and what tips she has for PR pros.
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How do you decide what to write about?
With some posts, I have an outline I follow from a brand or PR firm and will weave our family’s story around it. I tend to write about what matters to me in life. With four kids, it’s always an adventure and I like to bring people along for the ride.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up at 8 and bring both of my youngest kids downstairs, change their diapers, and get them fed. Then I clean up and feed the rest of my family as they trickle down the stairs. At 10 AM, I sit down at the computer and work on my blog. I am the blog manager at the Parent Life Network, so I’ll work on that as well.
At noon, we’ll have a simple lunch and then I put my youngest down for a nap. Sometimes its fuss-free; sometimes he fights me on it.
I usually go back to work until 3 PM and then we start on dinner. Usually, we BBQ and spend some time outside as a family playing. It's hard to find a balance between work, family, and household responsibilities; one always seems to suffer.
My kids go to bed at 8 PM. After that, we clean the house and I usually return to the computer to get a head start on next day’s work. I usually go to bed around 1 or 2 AM.
Do you have any tips for PR people looking to get in touch with you?
Don’t hesitate to email me! I love joining forces with new people and building relationships. There is nothing more I like doing than starting on new projects and years later having the same contacts still come back for more.
Besides your own blog, which blog or blogs do you read the most?
I read Mayahood Blog for honest parenting, Renee M. Leblanc for fashion and beauty, and Try Small Things and Best of This Life for recipes, crafts and book reviews. All four are honest, funny and relatable.
What do you think is the most important thing you learned from your own childhood?
No matter how much I thought my mother was doing it all wrong, she was actually doing what was best for me. It makes it easier to stomach my kids telling me that they hate me or that I am so mean because I am just looking out for them.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?
We love to take the kids on adventures. They are getting older, which opens us up a lot of activities we couldn't do before.