Today, I am sharing a guest post from a fellow writer, Lucy Wyndham.
Lucy Wyndham is a professional freelance writer with many years’ experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Lucy enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her husband and two children.
Every Mom Can Work from Home
Being a work at home mom is the dream. You get to stay at home, take care of everyone, and make an income. However, it’s not as easy as it looks. Many moms try to switch to a work from home schedule, and many fail at the task. The failure is not the mom’s fault, in fact, it is often a combination of different issues. When a mom works from home, many different factors need to fall perfectly in place for her success, including cooperation from her family and dedication from herself.
Get the Family on Board
The first thing that must happen is that the family agrees to work together to make this successful. The spouse must agree that it is a good idea to work from home, and must agree on a schedule. After the spouse is in agreement, the kids must adhere to the same schedule. Decide if the kids can handle leaving Mom alone for a set amount of time, if Dad will take over the kids’ routines, or if a babysitter is necessary for Mom’s success. Everyone must understand that Mom needs to concentrate on her work, and bothering her will only reduce the amount of income she generates for the family.
Stick to the Schedule
It might take some time to find a schedule that works, but work with the family to find the right fit.. Maybe working after the kids go to bed is better, maybe a morning routine works fine. Keeping everyone happy, on schedule, and productive is the goal of finding the best times to work. Moms typically make sure to avoid projects that must be done on a tight deadline, just in case the kids get in the way of work. Otherwise, make sure everyone sticks to the schedule and knows when to leave Mom alone.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Use an office away from the main family room whenever possible. Kids are of the “out of sight out of mind” mindset, so if they can’t see Mom, they are less likely to bother Mom. Trust that Dad or babysitter will take care of the kids’ needs, and if one of them sneaks away to knock on the door, ignore him or her. Have the cell phone ready to text the other caregiver to come retrieve the child, but take no notice of their presence. This will teach them that they must go to the other caregiver for their needs during work hours.
Working from home, especially with kids, can be a challenge. But, following these tips can set you up for work-from-home success.
Readers: Do you work from home? What do you think of Lucy’s tips?
Check back soon for another guest post from Lucy, where she shares “5 Perfect Side Hustles for Stay-at-Home Moms!”