APPLICANT #16: Sharon Zweiback-Lazer

Sharon Zweiback-Lazer is a mother of a two from Seattle, Washington.

Here is Sharon's video application:

Here is Sharon's current situation:

"What am I up to?

As a mom of two, who works part-time I am trying to fit in the daily grind of house chores and the MOST important activity of being engaged with my children as much as possible! So, how do you fit everything in? You don’t, something has to give!

SO, WHAT AM I UP TO: JUGGLING. I attempt to spend a lot of my time doing what ultimately makes me smile and feel joy: BEING WITH MY KIDS and sneaking in time to DANCE AND READ.

I work towards simplifying my family’s life; this means walking as much as possible, allowing time for being spontaneous, keeping materialism to a minimum, giving my children time to be creative and arranging opportunities to be with family and friends. I am hopefully doing more simplifying than doing housework. Simplicity is best! I believe Verity can help simplify the job of C.F.O. of a family. They can provide the tools to help organize a mom's financial life.

Unfortunately, a lot of my daily choices are dependent on finances and availability of time. Regrettably, some of my time is spent on budgeting and scheduling; these choices are closely intertwined. To save time you can out-source cooking and cleaning, especially if you work a lot. Even if you work you may not be able to afford out-sourcing. Housework activities can be done with your children, if you have time? As a parent there are always difficult choices to make.

Choices are so difficult because they are financial and emotional. I would love to share with you how I navigate through my life as a mom on a budget and learn how you do the same."

Here is Sharon's blog post:

"Asking a mother what being a mom means can be overwhelming question to answer.  I say this because mothers wear so many hats.  From the moment a women becomes pregnant your identify changes.  Your actions no longer just affect you and your partner, but the life inside of you. You become more conscious of all your physical needs: nutrition, sleep, clothing and safety.  The finances of your family quickly become forefront in your mind.  

Should you stay home, can you afford to stay home?  What extras can you plan for the delivery: doula, lactation consultation, and child-care help?  What baby care can you get, or really need?  Can you go organic?  Choices parents make are often based on finances, for the few this is not true. However, the majority of parents it’s necessary to make choices that will not put the family budget into the red.

I am a frugal, loving, patient (most of the time) mom, who works full time at home (being a mom) and part-time as a Learning Specialist.  My work at home involves childcare provider, educator, counselor, C.F.O and observer.  I love laughing and dancing with my two children, 3.5 year old boy and 7 year old girl.  

Things I do for just me are: go to a modern dance class, take long walks by myself and read non-fiction.  Nothing is better than finding even 20 minutes to read the Sunday New York Times, ALONE!  

Above and beyond all these titles and events I enjoy, I hold the title of being a mother closest to my heart.  Being a mother means to be humbled and being present.

Part of being present is taking advantage of any opportunity that could improve my life and in turn the life of my family. Being a Verity mom would give me the ability to contribute to my family’s income and provide me with a community. It would also challenge me to articulate how I handle the daily practical task of finances on a tight budget.  It will also push me to examine how I meet my children and husband’s material and emotional desires within my limits.

Can my kids get this or that?  Do they really need it?  Are these classes vital for my children’s development?  What can my husband and I provide that is not material?  What must we say no to, not just due to finances, but values?  How can I enrich my children’s lives and teach them how to do the same for themselves?

Being part of a community, which the Verity mom can create, can help to meet moms’ need for personal validation, resources and general help.  A community can give a mom access into how to get free or reasonably priced clothes, food, entertainment, and child-care.  The most important asset of a community is finding out how other mothers handle the challenges of motherhood within a budget.  A community allows moms to keep their family financially and emotionally healthy.  Growing up in single parent household taught me resourcefulness begins by being in a community.  A community contributes a family’s well being.

I look forward to sharing with others the resources and community that I have found in the past 7 years as a mom in Seattle.
What am I up to?

As a mom of two, who works part-time I am trying to fit in the daily grind of house chores and the MOST important activity being engaged with my children as much as possible! So, how do you fit everything in?  You don’t, something has to give!

SO, WHAT AM I UP TO: JUGGLING.  I attempt to spend a lot of my time doing what ultimately makes me smile and feel joy: BEING WITH MY KIDS and sneaking in time to DANCE AND READ.

I work towards simplification as much as possible, this means walking as much as we can, allowing time for being spontaneous, keeping materialism to a minimum, giving my children time to be creative and arranging opportunities to be with family and friends more than doing housework. Simplicity is best!  I believe Verity can help me simplify my job as the CFO of my home.  Verity can assist me in organizing my financial life.

Unfortunately, a lot of my daily choices are dependent on finances and availability of time.  Regrettably, some of my time is spent on budgeting and scheduling.  These choices are closely intertwined to my budget. To save time a mom can out-source cooking and cleaning, especially if she works a lot.  Even if a mom works she may not be able to afford out-sourcing.  Housework activities can be done with your children, if you have time? As a parent there are always difficult choices to make.

Choices are so difficult because they are financial and emotional.  I would love to share with you how I navigate through my life as a mom on a budget and learn how other moms juggle life.

Sharon"

The Verity Mom Team