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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Work-From-Home Parent

By Devan McGuinness |

About 6 months ago I transitioned from a stay-at-home parent to now a work-from-home parent. My days usually consist of working about 5+ hours a day and taking care of my three children, the house and all that comes with in between. My kids are not yet in full time school so I have them all home more than half the week — it’s an interesting balance struggle.

There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to understanding exactly what a work-from-home parent does. It’s a non-traditional way of earning a living and with that comes a lot of questions from people who don’t really understand it. There are some incredible perks about working from home, but like with anything — there are some things that are a constant struggle too.

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What Not to Say to a Work From Home Mom

"So, you don't really have a full time job then?"

Why?: Often work-from-home parents are balancing a heavy part time or full time work load.
Photo Credit: photostock

:: Tell me — what is something people have said to you? Which is the worst? ::

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7 thoughts on “10 Things You Should Never Say to a Work-From-Home Parent

  1. Anonymous says:

    The worst things people say aren’t even directed at the fact that I’m a WAHM, necessarily. They say things like, “I never get my laptop out when my kids are awake” or “If my kids are around, they are 100% my focus.” As a WAHM it just doesn’t work that way. I stop to read them books when they ask and there are days that we just go out and have fun and I don’t work. We have breakfast and lunch together and story time before naps. So we have plenty of time together. But the reality is, yes, sometimes I am on my laptop (okay, often) when they are awake. I drop in and check it at least every hour even if I’m playing with them or doing chores because I HAVE to — it’s the nature of my job. I also do have a mother’s helper come in a few hours a week and that’s when I do my most focused work.

    But, yeah…I don’t like it when parents imply that you have to be 100% focused on your kids or else you’re not being a good parent.

  2. lori says:

    I have been trying to find a work at home job..

  3. I have family members who send me job openings and will not accept the fact that I am paid to be a freelance writer. I also get the comment, “you’re so lucky” quite a bit, like my business magically landed in my lap. I have a 5 yo, 3yo and a 7 week old! Hooray for stay at home working parents!!!

  4. I forgot to add that a bulk of my work is accomplished nights and weekends, which people find odd as well when I turn down social invitations because of work…

  5. Amy says:

    @ Lori ……I may have a great solution for you!! Look me up on Facebook under Amy Roy and private message me. I can give u the details. Won’t take a lot of your time but it’s def worth for ya to check it out if u r serious about trying to work out of your home. Hope to be hearing from you…..or anyone else that is interested in working out of your home :)

  6. Matt says:

    I’m a WAHD and most people stil laugh a bit under their breath. Studies show that children develop increased emotional stability with a WAHD. We make accommodations in our life so we don’t need to use day care…much.

  7. lori says:

    I can not seem to find you Amy Roy..

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