Juggling Working At Home With Parenting


When we first decided (my husband and I) that I would work from home while he went to a real job that required actual pants all day long, it seemed like a great idea. I mean, I hated my former occupation -- nursing -- and having the kitchen a mere 10 feet away from me at all times? That's winning.

I could nap whenever I wanted. I could sleep in as late as my body would allow. I could work without pants. I could do my work whenever. Really, there seemed to be no downside! This allowed my husband, the work-a-holic, to work as much as he wanted without having to take time off for sick kids.

Double win!

Until, of course, I realized that the one thing I'd neglected to think about was that I'd be WORKING at home -- not just watching reruns of 90210. And that I'd be forced to balance it all.

Here's how I do it.

After I cleared the cobwebs of dissolution out of my head, I realized that working from home is great and all, but it requires a lot more finesse than I'd previously imagined.

Soon, I realized that I needed to get organized -- and now. I didn't have time to wait for someone else to help me, I had to do it and I had to do it in a way that I could handle. That meant that I bought myself a day planner. (I know, I know, Google calendar is like the sweet nectar of the Gods, but I can't use it. I've tried.) Paper and pen, that's what I needed to get my ass in gear.

I started with marking down all the important dates for school. Gotta know if the kid is gonna be home that day so I can properly budget my time. When you work from home, you still have to WORK even if the rest of the world stops. There's no reason to be unreliable when you can plan ahead.

I make sure to get my freelancing done ahead of time, whenever possible, when the kid has something going on. Being a mom comes first, but being a reliable freelancer is a very close second. I have some -- and am working on finding more -- backup babysitters for those pesky sick days, the sort of thing that cannot be properly scheduled.

When I can't find someone to help with the kids when they're sick, I try to work around their needs. It's not probably my most amazing work, but it's done, and it's passable. Sometimes, that's all I can do. Working from home doesn't afford me sick days, so that's what I do when I'm sick, too.

When the guilt seeps in -- why can't I be a room mother? I'm home after all -- I remind myself that I do work, and I work hard. I'm planning to free up some more time to spend with the kid at school when I can. But I don't beat myself up over it like I once did. I work from home, but I DO work.

How do you work-at-home parents do it? Any tips for me?


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tinyt13 tinyt13

Not sure if this would help at all. I work at home but I work at night after the little one is asleep, and I sleep in the morning for about 4 to 5 hours. I only work 4 days a week so it doesn't screw up my system too much to do it. I agree you have to be organized and don't feel too bad about the day planner I am the exact same way!! Good ole fashioned paper and pen work wonders for my brain! Lol

AskMe... AskMelanie


bella... bella_mamina

where do you find work at home jobs? I'm a unemployed struggling mother of two small children stealing from peter to pay paul.  any info would be greatly appreciated.butterfly


butte... butterflymkm


I have a few suggestions. First: do swagbucks if you don't already here's a link


basically you earn points for searching for stuff just like you would do on googlebut they have more ads onthe sidebars. You turn points in for prizes such as 450 points for a $5 Amazon.com gift card. I have been doing it a while and I have gotten hundreds of dollars in free stuff from Amazon. I'd doesn't pay the bills but it helps with my Christmas and Bday shopping.


butte... butterflymkm

There are other things you can do like blogging if you have an original idea you think people will read. Sign up with blogger, sign up for googles ad program and amazons affiliate program and put those on your blog. There are tutorials available online to walk you through it. And then post all about it on your facebook page and Twitter accounts if you have them. You get paid by page views and number of clicks. If it's good enough and lasts a while it can open up more doors such as getting a blogher account which will earn you more and being able to write for places like 'the stir'

butte... butterflymkm

Lastly look on monster and craigslist (be more cautious on that one...) ect for jobs that say things like 'telecommuting okay.' these are usually administrative jobs like secretarial work, debt collection, data entry, or telemarketing. Also consider doing something like Avon. I did Avon for a while and eventually stopped as it did take a good chunk of time (which I didn't have when I went back to school) but you can earn money doing it if you stay organized and promote yourself well. The startup investment is much cheaper ($25 I think) with Avon than with most other home businesses. Good luck!

tis.u... tis.unnatural

I have a job where I work from home on Mondays, then am in the office Tues-Thurs (I have Fridays off, yay!), and I try to get most of my Monday work done during the weekend after my 15-month-old goes to bed. This works great and since I don't have to wear pants on Mondays and can spend the day with my son, it's worth doing some work on the weekend. The only downside is my boss expects me to be awake and logged in at seven am (my normal starting time), and if my son doesn't wake up until eight, I have no intention of waking up until eight either.

Trans Trans

I am Wark at home mom, and I find this jobs very comfortable as I sit back at home and earn money working as transcriptionist, can keep an  eye on my kids regular activities and feels self confident and reliable. So I request all the sitting moms to indulge themselves into some works as it develops positivity.

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