8 Things Never to Say to a Mom Who Works From Home

working momThere seems to be a pervasive misconception that moms who work from home have the creme de la creme of life situations. After all, they just lie around at home all day, collecting a paycheck for hanging out with their kids, right? Wrong!

Although there are some definite perks to not having to commute into an office every day (as there are to having to commute to an office every day), many people don't really get it when it comes to the life of a work-from-home mom. And they, inadvertently or not, may wind up saying some pretty insulting things.

Here are 8 things you should never say to a work-from-home mom.

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1. You are so lucky. You've got the best of both worlds. Actually, it's one world. A working mom's world. Sure, there are some women who could never work from home and log much longer hours at the office than WFHMs, but just because a mom doesn't physically go into an office, it doesn't mean she gets to enjoy both the benefits of a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. It's just the latter.

2. You must save so much on childcare or (even worse) why do you need childcare? Unless you have the world's most well-behaved child who never needs to go to the bathroom, have a snack, or, um, have human interaction, WFHMs need childcare, just like moms who work out of the house. It's a job, end of story. Trying to do both at once is akin to insanity -- and a situation in which nobody wins. Not the kid, not the job, and definitely not the mom.

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3. I wish I could go to work in my pajamas every day. For the record, work-from-home moms don't all work in their pajamas all day. They may not hop out of bed, put on a Prada suit, Louboutins, and blow out their hair each morning like their off-campus counterparts, but sheesh, they've got some dignity. Also, yoga pants aren't pajamas, right?

4. Can you pick up my kid/dry cleaning/grab dinner/do any random errand I ask? Again, they've got jobs, people. There are emails to be sent, meetings to attend, and bosses breathing down their necks. Do you know anyone whose higher-ups would be cool with their employees taking an hour in the middle of the day for a grocery run?

5. Wanna get together at 2 p.m. on Tuesday? Yes, but see above.

6. Working from home isn't a "real" job. Actually, the W-2s would beg to differ.

7. What do you do all day? Let's see, these moms wake up, get dressed, take care of the kids, work for eight hours or so, then it's back on mommy duty. The only "unique" circumstance? The "office" is normally the bed, basement, or kitchen table.

8. I wish I had a stress-free job. Stress-free? Bahahaha! If constantly -- literally constantly -- being surrounded by your work- and parent-life together sounds stress-free to you, let's meet! Imagine never leaving your office and sleeping where you work -- not exactly ideal for unplugging and "turning off the day" after hours. In fact, it's a little gross.

Do you work from home? What misconceptions really bug you?

 

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