Wearing yoga pants to work. No sitting in traffic for the morning and evening commute. Yes, it is all true.
Sounds amazing to many people but let me tell you the truth, it certainly isn’t all fun and games. For the work at home mom, I constantly feel like I am in a game of tug-o-war.
I feel like I just can’t win most days, with anyone. When it comes to work, I want to be sure I am doing what is expected of me by my clients and for all my deadlines. However, that sometimes means that my children and my husband’s needs get put on the backburner.
BUT WAIT? Isn’t that the reason I am working from home?
Aren’t they the reason I am working from home, the main reason I decided to take my career and move from the corporate world to the life of a work-at-home mom?
And then there is the other side of the spectrum.
When I am tending the needs of my family, I often have guilty feelings that I am ignoring deadlines, not paying attention to the needs of my paying clients and doing the work projects that I need to be focused on.
I hear it time and time again- You are such a lucky woman to be working from home! But I don’t always feel so lucky. I often feel stretched to the brink. Running from project to project, then from kids’ school to after school activities to evening activities and everything in between. The worst part is when my kids are home from school and I’m asked to play a game or go to the park and I have to tell them “no, Mommy has work.” It is hard to continue to explain to my kids that Mommy isn’t home to play, she is working – and no matter how hard I try, I am in a constant state of push and pull.
However, despite the give and take, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Not gonna lie, the yoga pants are a big plus, and the time spent at home working, rather than sitting in traffic and the precious extra moments with my kids, I wouldn’t trade for the world. Also, there is something super satisfying about being my own boss and being in control of my own destiny. I am just hopeful that as my kids grow, they also see and remember all of this and it will make our relationships stronger.