Just decided to change things up a bit today! Hope you still enjoy!
Over the weekend I was doing a little research and read that this week October 6th-12th is celebrated as National Work From Home week. Did you even know that it existed? I sure didn’t. But, it sure made me think about how fortunate I am to be able to work from the comfort of my own home.
I haven’t always had the opportunity to be a Work From Home Mom.
When my first two children were born I had a full-time job and at times had 2nd & 3rd jobs just to help make ends meet.
I too, have experienced rushed mornings, dropping my babies off at daycare, knowing that they would be exposed to their next illnesses there. Oh and don’t forget the spit-up on my black, newly pressed suit. Or how about the dark circles & bags under my eyes. And tears, all of those tears and smudged make-up. Those were the days!
Not to mention the mornings of spilled milk (and maybe even tea) on the way to drop the kids off at school. Yes, those are days that my children will not let me forget. Each time they tell the stories they seem to be more exaggerated, but at least we all laugh, now.
When my second child was born, money was even tighter. So there was a higher demand for me to be at work, but he was a sick baby. I missed so much work. I had such guilt because I had to work, but I felt I needed to be at home taking care of him instead of allowing him being exposed to more germs at the daycare.
Once they reached school age there were lots of things that I missed; class parties, field trips, volunteering at the school, etc. And that doesn’t even cover all of the firsts that I missed out on.
But as mothers we do the best that we can in a given moment.
Since my youngest was born I have had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, work at home mom, or work from home mom. Just take your pick as to which title, but I prefer Domestic Engineer. And would you believe that is actually listed on documents that I recently had to sign. It has been a couple of years since I added that information and was just trying to be funny. So imagine how shocked I was that it was actually listed that as my occupation. So now we need a day to recognize “Domestic Engineer”!
Now I do have the opportunity to attend class parties, field trips, drop of forgotten items, etc. But because I am a work from home mom I could stay in my pj’s all day if I wanted too. But, I don’t and that is a topic for another day!
But I still believe there is a level of guilt even though I have the opportunity to work from home.
There are days when I can’t seem to get it all done because I have come to the conclusion that I am not superwoman. As much as I try, daily, it just isn’t happening. Shocked? So am I!
There are days when extra money would be great to have. So I wonder if I should get a position that has a steady income. But then somehow everything works out.
Again, I just do the best that I can. Don’t we all?
So have you been thinking that work from home moms have it easy, spending every moment of their time shopping, going to Zumba, or sipping coffee with friends? Or just maybe you have visions of us sittin’ on the couch eating Bon-Bons, probably still in our pj’s!! Ok, that last one is actually one I dream about!
Well, those days are too few, and it really isn’t always that glamorous. At least for me it isn’t always glamorous, because those toilets aren’t going to scrub themselves, and my cleaning lady has a habit of not showing up.
It isn’t all about scrubbing toilets, or running errands. There really are those that have work at home careers, whether it is blogging or something else.
I know that there are benefits to having careers and benefits to working from home. But since today is National Work from Home Week, let’s celebrate.
Do you Work From Home? What kind of work do you do?
Come back tomorrow, I will tell you about my naps on the job