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A peek into my work/baby/EC balance: How I run 2 businesses and raise 5 kids without going nuts

A peek into my work/baby/EC balance

Last week we talked about what goes on behind the scenes at Go Diaper Free, and today I'm gonna share how I maintain my work-baby-EC balance.

Because: when you’ve got a lot on your plate, EC does not have to fall off onto the floor! Quite the opposite. EC can actually simplify your super-busy life. Even if you don’t work but you’re feeling super-overwhelmed, mastering your potty practice can ground the whole chaotic scene.

Anywho, if you listened to last week's episode, you learned that A LOT goes into operating my various EC and mama-centric businesses, but I didn’t really share how I balance it all while raising five kids under the age of eight. And how do I keep everyone (hubs included) from becoming addicted to convenient diapers? Here are some tricks that I've learned along the way!

You will learn:

  • How to maintain balance while keeping EC at the forefront
  • How healthy boundaries support balance
  • What influences my parenting style
  • How I encourage independence with my kids
  • How I ask for and receive help
  • How I keep my mind and body healthy
  • Organizational tools I use
  • How you can study this with me, and
  • A tip from one of our readers!

Links and other resources mentioned today:

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Do you have any questions about how to balance it all...or, rather, how to tilt? What does this look like in your home? Drowning or thriving? Please leave a comment below!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Liz on September 3, 2019 at 6:27 am

    “.. I EC full time as in, I am full time aware of and communicating about my baby’s potty needs.” This. Thanks for saying this, Andrea. I needed to dispel the impression that full time EC means having to catch every elimination. Phew.

    • Avatar Bethany on September 3, 2019 at 9:27 am

      I love this too!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on September 18, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Yes! It’s nearly impossible to catch everything on your own. I’m glad that you realized that now, it will make you so much happier with your EC practice. xx Andrea

  2. Avatar Bethany on September 3, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Love your ideas about connecting with baby and family and respect toward your husband. I agree, most of us haven’t been taught about unconditional respect for our husbands but it makes a huge difference.

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on September 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you Bethany! Respect really makes such a huge impact in a relationship. xx Andrea

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