Finding the right balance for work at home moms has got to be one of the most difficult things for a woman to do. It makes you feel like you have to choose between a career and a family, especially for moms who are really involved with their jobs.
Leah, work at home mom who works with her husband Mark in their photography business, posted on her blog about her challenges with working from home and deciding to get child care. Finding that somewhere in the middle is where she feels the most comfortable.
Finding the Right Balance For Work At Home Moms
“In my pre-baby head, I would work during nap times. BabyRoX naps 4-5 times a day! That’s a lot of napping! Surely I can get a bunch of stuff done while he’s sleeping, right? Ha. I maybe get some laundry done and eat lunch. Then I have 10 minutes to reply to emails or pay bills. I usually take one nap WITH him.
Sometimes he doesn’t want to be put down by himself for a nap, so I hold him or lie down next to him, so I can’t really do much then, either. I typically like to have chunks of time to focus on my work…chunks of an hour or two, not 10 minutes! I get absorbed in my work, in “the zone” – I tune out everything around me. I can’t do that when I’m responsible for a baby.
So when I realized I couldn’t really work around nap time, we started setting aside 2 hours per day where Mark would be with BabyRoX and I would work. Except… well, then I need to shower, or pump milk, or do some yoga to stretch out my muscles, or put away the laundry. And then BabyRoX is doing something cute or funny so I need to go see what’s happening and spend time with BOTH of my guys. And often Mark gets a last-minute request for a photo shoot, and hey – we have bills to pay and we aren’t likely to turn down a job, so sometimes I don’t even get 2 hours a day.
I’ve realized that the best option is to have someone else watch my child, at least a few hours a week. Except – I don’t want to! And therein lies the rub, as Hamlet once said. I love the work I do. Running a business is exciting, and with a creative, people-focused business like photography, it meets a lot of my needs for artistic expression, for community, for engagement with others.
And my social work consultancy with humanitarian staff is so meaningful and rewarding – I do not want to give it up. I am so thankful I get to do such varied, fulfilling work – and get paid for it. I don’t want to stop working. But I don’t want someone else watching my child. I love being a mom even more than I love my other work. I’ve realized that I just want to work less.” Read the original article here at Leah and Mark.com .
Leah’s article is surely an eye opener and an inspiring piece, most especially to new moms. Reading this article left me the feeling that it is possible to find the right balance for women who work from home.
Tell us how do you manage to handle wearing so many different hats?