Last week, I wrote the post “Work at Home Moms: 10 Strategies for Success When the Kids Come Home.” I wrote the post because of circumstances that have brought our kids home with me for the last six weeks of summer. I’m a work-at-home mom whose children go off to school or preschool everyday while I’m left with lots of quiet office time to run my business. I wrote the post because I needed those 10 strategies for myself, and I wanted to share them with others who might need them too. I believe in every single one of them.
Ok, now it’s time for me to become VERY transparent. This whole working from home with the kids is really hard! I love my kids, and I guess for six weeks I wanted to be like my friend who always seems to have it all together even though she’s at home with four small children, and does free-lance work on the side. But…
I’m not getting any work done before my husband leaves for work because I stay up too late the night before (working of course). If I work for a bit in the morning, my seven year old says, “Mommy, get off the computer. You’re always on the computer. Don’t work.” Ouch.
I’m doing fairly well on most every strategy on my list except I’m not getting enough sleep. I’m getting no exercise (truthfully, I didn’t get enough before either), I have zero time to myself because I’m spending all my time either parenting or working. And I’m having a difficult time not cracking open the laptop, at times, and getting pulled into work when I’m supposed to be having fun with the kids.
Yes, I know this is only a season. I know this too shall pass. I was just hoping to do it better. (Oops. I think that means I’m not giving myself enough grace and understanding that I don’t have to be perfect.)
So, there you have it. I just bared my soul over this working from home with the kids thing. C’mon. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, right? Don’t leave me hanging here. Don’t let me sit here in the silence as I listen to the crickets chirp. I want to know what you’ve experienced around this issue. I want some camaraderie here. Working dads…that means you too.
Go ahead and post below and tell me what’s worked for you. Tell me what hasn’t worked for you. Trust me. I want to know.