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10 Tips for Work at Home Moms

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 11
    10 Tips for Work at Home Moms
    Do 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 11
    Help Around the House
    If 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 11
    Schedule
    While 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 11
    Child Care
    For 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 11
    Friends
    With 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 11
    Social Clubs
    Stay current in your industry with social clubs.
    image source: last.fm
  • Focus 7 of 11
    Focus
    Focus This can be so hard, especially when it's 80 degrees and the kids want to go to the park.
    image source: pcmech.com
  • Work Space 8 of 11
    Work Space
    Define 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.
    image source: homedesigning.com
  • Plan B 9 of 11
    Plan B
    Kids 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 11
    Boundaries
    Set 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 11
    Communication and Adaptability
    My 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!!)
    image source: openclipart.org

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