Work at home jobs are a blessing for many families and with few other options, many families are tapping into work at home job market. Published in the Phillyburbs.com guest columnist Sarah Weir squarely sets things straight on some of the things that all parents have to deal with when it comes to making an income.
I like that she recognizes and appreciates all the help she gets and offers a nod to the single parents who manage somehow, most of the time on their own. More work at home jobs are a blessing for many families struggling to provide for their own.
“Each Monday, the PhillyBurbs Moms guide features a guest column from Sarah Weir, Middletown resident and mother of 22-month-old Reilly Weir. Sarah’s columns will highlight some of the joys and challenges of being a first-time mom. She’ll also pass on what she has learned along the way.
“At some point after becoming a mom, you are faced with a fairly major decision: work at home or work outside of the home.When I say “work at home,” I don’t just mean being a homemaker, though that is part of it. I also mean moms that have any sort of part- or full-time job where your “office” is at home.”
“For a long period of time, there seemed to be some tension concerning which one is better or makes you a better mom. I don’t see that much anymore, but maybe I’m just not around people with those views. With a rise in working moms, I think it has evened out more.”
“Actually, an article I read indicated that there are more moms working than not, significantly more than even 10 years ago. The same article showed women are waiting longer to begin having kids than before. Perhaps one has to do with the other – if you wait longer to have kids, you are more likely to have a good career established.”
“There are advantages and disadvantages to working in the home. An advantage of staying at home is that you are around your kids all the time and can share in their experiences. A disadvantage is that you are around your kids all the time and have to purposely arrange to have some time to yourself or you don’t have any.”
“I won’t presume to know the advantages and disadvantages of being a mom working outside of the home as I’ve never been one, though I could make guesses. I would think there would be a converse affect with an advantage being you have plenty of time away from your kids so you don’t have as much of a feeling of needing time away, with the disadvantage being you need to make sure you plan enough time to spend with each of them. Perhaps? Feel free to tell me.”
“Of course, this is only one set of advantages and disadvantages. There could be several to many depending on your preferences.”
People don’t often speak on the issue of moms and dads who are affected by some physical disability or illness which keeps them from taking a job outside the home. This is a tough situation all the way around…
“My decision was pretty much made for me as with fibromyalgia and other things, I have just not been able to do more than take care of Reilly. Sometimes I feel guilty that I can’t and other times I am totally O.K. with it. I am hoping there will be a time soon when I could work some hours here and there doing something to help out.”
“Regardless of your reasons for choosing one way or another, it is a hard decision to make. If you are a single mom (or dad), you don’t have much of a choice as usually it is a decision between working and no food or housing.”
“I have to say that I have a great deal of respect and admiration for single parents. It’s hard enough to be a parent when you have a partner to help and support you. I can’t imagine doing it all on my own. You all are definitely heroes for your kids.”
Working from home is not for everyone. You should consider your family and the pros and cons for you personally, when you’ve done that and come to a decision, I think you deserve the same respect as any other hard working parent out there making those tough choices. There is no doubt that the work at home jobs are a blessing for many families and I think the trend is going to keep growing.