When I became a parent a decade ago, I knew that I wanted to be at home with my child. I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom. The company that I was working for asked me to stay on as a contractor and promised me flexibility. I was reluctant – but babies cost money. I quickly discovered that I needed to work for my well-being. I loved my daughter, but the creativity outlet I found thru my work.
As I have added 3 more kids to the mix, working at home has become apart of who I am in this phase of life. While there is no answer to balancing it all – here are a few things that have helped me along the way
10 Tips for Work at Home Moms
10 Tips for Work at Home Moms 1 of 11Do you work at home? Click thru to find 10 helpful tips for working at home and balancing a family!
Help Around the House 2 of 11If you can afford help around the house, by all means take it. Help around the house doesn't make you any less of a mom.
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Schedule 3 of 11While I become lazy and some weeks skip writing out a schedule, I will say -- when I stick to a schedule, life is so much easier for the entire family. Your schedule could be as easy as mom works from this time to this time - to a routine for yourself and what you need to do to accomplish what.
Child Care 4 of 11For the first year or so, working with a child at home really is doable since they mostly sleep. Come 18 months, yikes! Find a child care option that works for you. We have been fortunate to find a preschool that allows us to schedule our days so we don't have to commit to a full-time schedule. Ask around and find an option that will work best with your work flow.
Friends 5 of 11With no co-workers, or virtual co-workers - staying connected with friends is essential. Or else, you might just talk your spouse's head off, just saying.
Social Clubs 6 of 11Stay current in your industry with social clubs.
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Focus 7 of 11Focus This can be so hard, especially when it's 80 degrees and the kids want to go to the park.
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Work Space 8 of 11Define the work space in your house. This maybe an unused dining room table, but claim it as yours. And keep all signs of kids out of your area.
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Plan B 9 of 11Kids get sick. Spouse is out of town. Parent-Teacher meeting in the middle of the day. These things happen, have a plan b.
Boundaries 10 of 11Set boundaries and rules as to what the kids can and can't do in regards to your work. These can be as simple as, if you see mommy on the phone - please do not disrupt unless its a dire emergency (then define emergency!).
Communication and Adaptability 11 of 11My husband and I are constantly communicating about what works and what doesn't - and adapting to whatever our 4 kids throw our way (like Spring Break next week - ah!!)
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