Working from home is for sure a fine luxury. However, there are a ton of Moms out there that may challenge that statement. Moms with small children may find the idea of "working at home" a struggle, especially the ones with two or more little ones that need constant attention.
Finding that much needed time with your kids when you have certain deadlines regarding your work at home agenda is no easy feat.
Here are three options that may work for you, depending on your current situation at home.
Do you know a lot of stay at home Moms? If so, that's good news. Why not exchange play dates? If you're not familiar with the term, "play dates," They are days that you trade off watching other kids. So...you would have days that you will be watching extra kids, and their will be days where you have "no kids" in the house. If this is a workable deal for your household, you would have a day here and there to get caught up with your online work.
"Well, doesn't that defeat the purpose of having more time with my kids?" You ask. Not really if you think about the benefits and look at it in other perspectives.
1) Since you'll be having days that get you caught up with your work, you would be able to afford more Mommy and me time.
2) On the days that you do have extra little ones in the house, take full advantage of those days. Prepare to have some special activities planned for your kids along with the others. Plan some refreshing outings, weather permitting of course. Have fun with the children and find specific things to do that help relieve stress. This way both you and your kids benefit. You will have diverse days that get you out of the house and away from your work, and also have that extra time with your own kids.
Do you have a supporting spouse? Many moms do, and many, of course, do not. For those that do have their husband's full support, count your blessings. I see so many that don't have their spouse's support. And that only results with unnecessary domestic conflict. Although, those type of spouses don't see it that way.
But if you do have your significant other's full support, perhaps they will make a deal with you and watch the kids in the evenings while you do some of your work. If this is feasible, then maybe reprioritize your work time and family time.
Consider hiring a nanny while you work. Now I know that this option won't work for all Moms. But, it may be something to consider. Can you afford to? Well, if you had a few completely free days to get work completed, would this result with more income? It may or may not. It really depends on the type of business you're in. If hiring a nanny would be an option for you, you would have evenings for more time with the kids.
Hope you find these tips helpful! Here's to YOUR success!
- Suzanne Conant
- My name is Suzanne Conant and we are a military family and have lived around the world! I work from home and my husband is a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the U.S Army and this summer of 2010 will have 23 years of active duty service. We have two teenage boys and we homeschool. In September of 2008 I found our team and I truly can’t put into words how wonderful it is to actually make an income while still being at home everyday with my kids! One of my favorite things about our team is that our everyday mission is to help others have the same freedom we do! There is hope out there for you with whatever you’re trying to accomplish and we are here to help you reach your goals! I'm looking forward to talking to you soon.