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What if I'm Not a Good Work-at-Home-Mom?

This is my last week of work as a WOHM (work-outside-home-mom).

I decided to quit my job because I missed my kids something awful. I’ve been dreaming and hoping and praying for this day since I first gave birth back in 2002.

As I wrap up my employment and begin to settle into my new life as a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) freelance writer, I’m feeling super duper anxious.

I adore my kids, but what if everything I’ve spent 9 years dreaming, hoping and praying for is nothing like what I imagined? What if I don’t transition well into the role of a WAHM? I have to believe being home isn’t for everyone; after all, plenty of coworkers have told me as much (um, so what I don’t need to hear right now). I’m left with the nagging question: Is the stay-at-home grass really greener? It freaking better be.

I have no doubt being home is going to be great — at least in the beginning. I’ll catch up on glorious amounts of sleep, love up on my kids, finally clean out my kitchen cupboards and maybe even get to that garage sale I’ve been promising myself…but what about after that?

Will I be bored? Frustrated? Productive? Will I transition into a WAHM gracefully or will I stumble every step of the way? Knowing myself for 35 years, I have to believe I’ll stumble.

My girl, Roni, at Baby’s First Year asked the pivotal question, Balancing Working at Home With Kids. Is It Possible? Oh sweet gods of productivity, come Monday I’ll find out — eeks!

Emily Mendell’s thoughtful piece entitled, Home Is Where the Job Is lists the awesome pros and frightening cons of WAHMdom. I’m taking it all in my friends, listening and learning from both sides of the fence. I have my fears but I’m more than excited for this new chapter of my life — the chapter where my kid gets to sleep past 5:00 a.m. and maybe, just maybe the chapter where my husband comes home to a home-cooked meal, like actually made on a stove…then again, I can’t make any promises.

Have you made the transition to WAHM? Tell me about it!

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