I recently started a new work-at-home job and I am really enjoying it! I absolutely adore my new boss (she is fabulous... hi boss!). I love the flexibility. I love not having to leave my house to go to work. And since I already love the computer I love that my job is on the computer!
But I must admit I am finding it a little hard to adjust to the whole working-at-home thing... how do you work at home moms do it? Got any tricks you would like to share with me? How do you entertain a three year old while you are trying to work? Do you keep specific hours? What do you do with the constant intteruptions? Do you schedule your household chores or just do them when you get a chance? How do you keep from spending your entire day doing one form of work or another... do you ever have time to just relax? Does working at home part-time make me a work-at-home mom or a stay-at-home mom?
Feel free to give advice on this one.
It seems that most of my work is done after the boys are in bed. And honestly I have no idea how you working moms do it... there is no way I could keep this whole house going AND work a full time job. I can barely keep it together now!!
I reviewed a great book on my book blog yesterday called House Works and I am going to implement a LOT of the amazing advice in it.
I used to be a VERY organized person. Then I had kids. What happened to that girl? My goal this year is to try and get her back. I am a list person so I am going to start with that I think.
My dear friend Becky has known me since my boys were 10 months and 2 years old and she has encouraged me many times by saying that her house was chaotic when her kids were that small and promising me that it DOES get easier as the kids get older... at least in the housework department. And she is so right. The older the kids get the more sane I feel and so the more sane my home is. I'm sure not having post-partum depression anymore also contributes to that feeling. So thank-you Becky for consistently reassuring me that having a VERY imperfect home did not make me a bad mother. I love you.
I wasn't sure if I would but you know what? I am totally loving working again... it has been 7 years since I had a paid job and it is pretty fun getting paid for what I do!! Don't get me wrong I have loved being a stay-at-home mom and it has been a priority for us and of course that has its own rewards... but having a pay-cheque (even a small one) is nice too. :)
And can I just tell all you moms out there who regularly tell me that your homes aren't perfect and your kids aren't perfect and you aren't perfect either that I love you. Thanks. It is always nice to know you aren't the only imperfect one around :)
And just in case you are looking for some very-real moms who are wonderful in their own imperfect ways be sure to check out
5 Minutes for Mom
One Day At A Time
In The Gutter
Joann's Blog Adventure
With My Hands Full
just to name a few :)