The Outsource Initiative.

People always ask me, “Woman, how do you do it?” As I was getting my hair blown out Wednesday afternoon, it occurred to me how I do it, or at least how I pretend to do it all. One word – Outsourcing. American companies do it; moms can too.


In our uber-connected, globalized, Flat World era, consultants in

will do everything from fix your Ipod to tutor your kids for their SAT’s. Yes, I know that taking

jobs overseas is controversial, but I think there’s a lesson moms can learn from corporate giants. Outsourcing works.


Stay-at-Work moms are already doing this, whether they know it or not. We outsource our kids when we go to work. I would argue that that this is often not economically beneficial because many of us work to pay our unaffordable childcare, but I digress. The way to make work work is to outsource more of your life. Sisters, this is our modern village.


A recent article in the “New York Times’” Styles section reported that people now hire personal consultants who can not only find you an apartment, decorate it with fabulous décor, take care of your dry cleaning, but also can handle your social life, too. High priced consultants can introduce newly transplanted New Yorkers to “hip” friends and can teach them clever cocktail banter by providing talking points on modern art, opera and other snooty topics. While this may strike some as shallow, obnoxious and frankly bizarre – outsourcing to make friends and paying for Cliff Notes to conversation, I see this as inspiration.


Moms should not be shy about outsourcing what we don’t have the time or are unable to do – for instance, my hair. I have what one would call uncooperative hair. It’s time consuming, labor intensive and simply a pain in the ass to blow dry. I’ll admit it…I’ve become a blow out addict. When I discovered a fabulous salon close to my office last week with affordable blow outs I felt liberated and downright giddy. For those 45 minutes while I’m sitting in the chair, no kids, no clients, no phones ringing, flipping through cheesey women’s magazines and reading important articles about ways to maximize my orgasms, I am at peace. Being served a cappuccino in my chair also helps.


A huge time suck that affects all moms – those working in and out of the home – is grocery shopping. A brilliant Internet invention in the past few years is online grocery shopping. Many moms I know swear by it. I have still not accepted the idea of someone else choosing my cantaloupes but I realize that this is extremely efficient. I say let someone else buy your toilet paper. This is a smart idea. I must start shopping online.


When it comes to school bake sales or any event where cooking may be in order, again I outsource – this time to Toll House. There is no reason to sift and fold when one can easily slice and bake. I would bet my life that a working mom at Nestle invented this concept.



Um, yes. This is how we do it. Daycare that feeds the kid b'fast & lunch, weekly housecleaner, drycleaner that drops-off/picks-up at the office, prepared meals from a local kitchen. ANYTHING to make my life run more smoothly.


Also tending to agree with the article. As a mom who works outside of the home, I've outsourced (unknowingly) alot of things to my nanny - cooking/feeding, potty training, laundry, etc. Moms have a complex that they have to do everything. Let people help you. Easy to say, hard to do. Beleive me, I have trouble as well, but I just hired a cleaning lady to come every other week because in the end, I'd rather just be with my kids when I'm not working instead of worrying if my floor is clean.


I'm inclined to agree with this article. Moms and dads are continuing to come to terms with our changing roles in and out of the home and workplace, and getting relief where we can saves more than a little sanity.