Real WAHM: Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag, Writer and Consultant

tg pixName: Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

WAHM Occupation: Book Author, Freelance Writer and Editor, Management and HR Consultant, Blogger

Website:  Mommy Bares All and When My Bridegroom Comes

1. Hi! Thanks for being a WAHM guest on the WAHMderful Life. Please tell me a little bit about yourself, your family, and what work you do from home.

I’ve been married for 5 years now and I have two little boys, a four year old and a 15 month old. I breastfed both of my kids. I breastfed my eldest until two years old and I plan to do the same for my youngest. I used to be a very busy working girl when I was still single, travelling to different locations weekly (in the Philippines and in Asia) to conduct trainings and workshops to the managers and supervisors in my previous company. I was a Training Manager then. I chose to slow down a bit when I realized that it would be hard to get married and start a family with that kind of lifestyle.

Shortly after I took on a job (HR Manager) that didn’t require much travelling, I met my bridegroom. I authored the book When My Bridegroom Comes when I was still single and was a member of the No Boyfriend Since Birth By Choice (NBSBBC) club. I met my husband in my book launch which was also a Valentine’s party for the singles in our community.

I accept consulting projects and conduct trainings and workshops on a project basis. I do freelance writing and editing now. I am also a distributor of a herbal juice and I help my mom sell her crochet products.

Currently, I’m writing another book – Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking.

2. What made you decide to become a work at home mom?

It has always been my dream, even when I was still unattached and single, to be a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom when I get married. By God’s grace, that dream has been fulfilled two months after I got married. Since then, I had been working on a project basis, first as a Management and HR Consultant and eventually as a freelance writer and editor. I wanted this kind of lifestyle because I recognized that building a strong family and spending quality time with the kids are crucial during the first years of marriage. This was clearly a priority to me and my husband from the start even as we discussed about our marriage plans when we were still an engaged couple.

3. What are some of your challenges as a WAHM?

One of my challenges is getting things done and meeting my deadlines even when the kids’ nap times are not consistent or even on days when my eldest son choose not to nap in the afternoons. I usually work when they are still sleeping so when they don’t sleep based on their usual schedule, that becomes a challenge for me. Another challenge is finding a good and reliable maid. We usually have at least one in our household. The maid/s do the household chores. I take care of the kids. I sometimes ask their assistance though especially when I have a very tight work schedule. I let the maids watch or supervise the kids as they engage in unstructured play on these days. I’m still currently searching for a new maid to replace our maid who has been with us for more than a year. She will start working in Dubai next month.

4. How has being a WAHM benefited you and your family?

First, I was able to breastfeed our kids longer. Second, I’m able to personally attend to their needs and spend a lot of time with them. Third, I’m able to homeschool the kids. All these contributed to a stronger bond between me and our children. Fourth, I’m able to manage our household well by giving my family well-balanced meals and a nice place to come home to. Last but not least, I’m able to contribute to the family income without sacrificing our priorities and my primary roles as wife and mother. Moreover, I have time to serve in the different ministries God calls me to serve using my talents.

5. What kind of services do you offer as a WAHM/What is your line of business as a WAHM?

As a Consultant, I help my clients come up with their own company handbook or manual if they don’t have one yet. If they already have one, I help them improve on their existing manual and HR policies. I also help my clients establish or improve on their HR systems like Performance Management System and Recruitment procedures. I design competency-based performance appraisal forms for my clients and tie this up with their recruitment procedure and process as well as their training plans for employees. I help them come up with job descriptions and company policies if they don’t have these in place yet. I conduct teambuilding workshops and other trainings for companies. I also design coaching, mentoring and other OD programs for companies.

As a freelance writer, I contribute articles to various publications on line and in print like in Smart Parenting Online and other Summit Media magazines, The Philippine Online Chronicles, and Shepherd’s Voice Publication.

Connect with Teresa: Mommy Bares All and When My Bridegroom Comes

 

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