Many parents want to work from home so they can spend quality time with their kids. The thought of sitting in a cubicle while your child is in day care doesn’t sit right with some parents. Parents are caught between a rock and a hard place. They need to make money in order to make ends meet, but they also want to be the primary care giver for their children to raise them with their family’s moral values and not those of the daycare center.
A perfect solution?
If you are one of the parents who likes to write or has a computer practicable skill, then working from home on the computer or laptop is a perfect solution, correct? Well, actually, in many cases, like mine, it’s partially correct.
The idealistic vision of Mom and Dad working from home on their laptops while little Johnny is fast asleep in his bassinet is just that…an idealistic vision. The reality is more like little Johnny doesn’t want to sleep, he wants to be held and big sister Sally who just turned 3 wants to show you how well she cleaned the bathroom using your favorite, and expensive, beauty products.
The reality is that it’s not always easy to work from home with kids. My kids are older, but just as demanding. I find that I tend to dictate articles in my digital voice recorder while driving to and from basketball, football and cheerleading competitions. I edit articles in the wee hours of the morning while they’re asleep and the house is quiet.
I use the snippets of overheard teen-aged conversations as material for articles and down time in the Dentist waiting room or while folding clothes as quiet time to formulate new ideas for blogging posts.
The one important quality that I’ve found that has helped me work from home is being adaptable. I’m not saying that you compromise your goals, what I’m saying is that you’ve got to be able to re-adjust them on the fly while still getting done what you need to get done.
I make my daily goals known to my family. Periodically throughout the day, they’ll ask, “Mom, how many articles did you get done today?” Or, “Mom, did you finish that article on…” Sometimes I have to burn the midnight oil to accomplish my daily goals, but it’s a small price to pay to be able to work from home.