As many of you know, I have chosen to work from home. It is a career path that I feel like chose me, and I am loving it…..most of the time. Honestly, this lifestyle is not for everyone but if you are willing to put in the work and manage your time, it is extremely rewarding. If you are thinking about joining me on this journey, there are a few things I want to share with you about the work from home mom balancing act. There is good, there is bad, and there is the messy!
The Work From Home Mom Balancing Act
Being a work from home mom can be both a blessing and a curse. I have been working from home for over a year now, and have learned that there is a lot of give and take and it is a huge balancing act. While I love what I do and getting to be home with my kids, there are times where it is hard. The work from home mom balance can be hard to find at times, but I promise it is well worth searching for if this is something that you want to do.
So I want to start out with the positive elements of being a work from home mom. For one, I get to make my own schedule and work when I am able to. This gives me the flexibility to do things with my kids that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. I get to go to school functions. There is no need to take days off from work if the kids are sick. I am able to work my schedule around vacations and last minute things that always seem to come up. Really, the flexibility is probably my favorite part of working from home.
The other think that I love about working from home is that I don’t have to pay for daycare! Seriously though, that junk is expensive! I looked into it with my son originally and it was going to be $165 a week just in daycare costs! Since I work from home, I am able to save that money. I also son’t have as much wear and tare on my car and don’t use as much gas during the week. Working from home saves me money, and allows me to still bring in a significant income for my family.
Now we are going to focus on the downside of working from home. While I love it, there are a few negative aspects to it that I had to overcome. The first is balancing my time. Even though my schedule is flexible, I still do have to get hours in for work. Unfortunately, my 5 year old does not completely understand this concept. All she sees is mommy at the computer and thinks I should be playing with her. While I would love to just play all day, I have to explain to her that mommy needs to spend a little time working before we can go do something more fun. It can be a constant struggle trying to balance that family/home/work life for sure. Early mornings and late nights , working while the kids are asleep. Oh yea, and I still have laundry, dishes, and cleaning that need to be done.
There are days where I have a hard time focusing because a kid is sick or teething or something of that nature. My 5 year old is decently good at entertaining herself for a little while, but the 1.5 year old, not so much. There are days I have to literally sit at my computer, nursing the whole time I am trying to work. Having a little baby on my lap, grabbing at my keyboard while I am getting my hours in. It can be rough and overwhelming at times, but I still would not change it for the world.
Finding Your Work From Home Mom Balancing Act
It is important to find your balance. It can be getting up early to work, working late when the kids are in bed, or a mixture of the two. I personally do both. We spend time together for breakfast and a little after. Then after that I spend about another hour working before I have to take my daughter to school. While she is only in school 3 hours a day, I usually use that time to pump out as much work as possible. Typically, my youngest will nap during that time, but that isn’t always a given. One of my saving graces right now is Netflix. Judge me if you want, but I can put on Trolls on one monitor of my computer with baby on my lap and he will chill for a bit while I work on another monitor.
Being a work from home mom, you have to do what you have to do, and that is okay. Finding your balance can be hard, and it takes time. Sometimes your schedule will change, and that is okay as well. Nothing is constant, everything is always changing, and you just have to be able to adapt. I know when my oldest starts kindergarten in the Fall, my schedule will change once again and we will all have to readjust.
So if you are looking into working from home, take these words as helpful advice. Go for it, chase your dreams, and find your balance.