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Childcare and the Work-at-Home Mom

Little Bean and I "working" on the computer.

I’m a work-at-home mom. I left a full-time faculty position to run my own business which includes my blogs, consulting, spokesperson work and the FitBloggin’ conference.

I didn’t do it for the money, that’s for sure. I’m actually making about the same now, but that doesn’t include benefits and it’s taken 3 years to get here. Not to mention, I actually work more.

Wait.

Why did I do this again?

Oh yeah, I get to be HOME!

To me it was (and is) worth the cut in pay and the loss of benefits to have the flexibility to be home and set my own schedule. If you are reading this I’m betting you’re a mom and if you’re a mom I’m sure you totally get it.

So now I’m home and I work when I can. Scheduling conference calls during naps, writing after the kids go to bed and getting lots done on the weekends when the Husband can help more with the kids.

I love it and everything I do, but as Little Bean gets older and I get busier I can’t help but worry. How is this going to work when he naps less? What happens as the conference approaches and I need to have offsite meetings? Not to mention, sometimes I just need to focus for more than an hour at a time!

I’ve been contemplating part-time child care but I feel so guilty.

I particularly chose to work for myself so I can spend more time with the kids and now I’m contemplating finding care so I can spend more time on work? Plus, how do I justify the cost? What was the point of me leaving a job if I’m back in the same situation?

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. Just letting you in my head and decompressing by getting my thoughts out there. I know a lot of women struggle with work decisions. Have you found a balance?

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