In this eye opening article I found on Runners Trials.com, Jen who is one very busy new mom shares her truth about working from home. Although there are many benefits, it’s definitely not as easy as some people make it out to be.
Unfortunately, the glorious feeling of getting a lot of work done while you tend to your house and kids is more myth than reality and it takes determination and at least one pair of extra hands to get anything done at all.
What is the Truth About Working From Home?
“Last year, I was laid off. Becoming a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) was never an option for me. I need and want to work. So I searched for a full-time job… and searched… and searched and did some freelance work in the meantime.
Two weeks after Wyatt was born, freelancing took off. I continued to search for a full-time opportunity, but with all the contract work I was landing, it became less urgent. We crunched the numbers and realized I could stay at home with Wyatt for awhile as long as I continued to freelance regularly.
For the first few weeks, it was somewhat easy. I’d let Wyatt nap on me while I typed on my laptop and I’d do the rest of my work on weekends. I thought I’d be able to continue this. It seemed simple enough: I’d wake up early to run, write while Wyatt happily played on the floor next to me, do chores while he napped, and hang out with my husband after the baby went to bed.
And therein lied the first problem; I thought I’d be able to do it all.
In reality, that didn’t happen. None of that happened. You can’t count on a baby to fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Predictable nap times? Being content entertaining himself? Staying down after bed time? Please.”
I still encourage men and women to work from home if they can. However, if you’ve just had a baby it’s very important to look at it realistically and give yourself plenty of time to adjust to all the new changes and challenges you’ll be facing. The truth about working from home is that unless you get some help with child care you’re could be in for a rough time.