For many women, once they start a family the question becomes whether to continue working or be a stay-at-home mom.
For me, since I was already running a small business from home, the question was whether to continue working or not. I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter as possible. I didn’t want to feel like I missed any part of her growing up. But I wanted to maintain my client work, as well. So I decided to continue working from home after I became a mother.
To me, it really is the best of both worlds. I get to keep a pulse on how my daughter is doing throughout the day, and I get to continue the work that makes me happy while contributing financially to my household.
Multitasking, organization, and other tools are required to be a successful work-at-home-mom.
Here is my list of must-haves and perks for being a work-at-home mom:
1. Coffee. Having an 8-month-old that is gracious enough to allow my husband and I to sleep in our own bed with her and who still demands a 4 a.m. breastfeeding means I’m not getting as much sleep as I would like. That first sip in the morning brings me back to life.
2. Support system. My husband has been supportive and encouraging of my decision to work from home. And because nap time doesn’t afford me enough hours to complete my work load, we decided to bring on an in-home sitter during the week, as well.
3. Dedicated space. An office in a quiet part of the house with a door gives me the space I need to jam on client work uninterrupted.
4. Flexibility. I have the ability to meet with my clients according to their availability, to do housework if I choose to, and I never go to the mall on Saturdays anymore. Weekday mornings are the best times to grocery shop and buy shoes.
5. Convenience. Being at home allows me to breastfeed when necessary and makes it easier to pump without having to lug equipment with me to the office.
6. Technology. My Android and iPad are critical to helping me keep up on my inbox and phone calls throughout the day. You’d be amazed at the number of situations in which I can respond to emails.
7. Balance. When my daughter cries, no matter where she is in the house, I hear it with my heart. It takes all my will sometimes not to run to the other room to soothe her – I know that the sitter has a handle on things. Yet there are times when she truly does need her mommy and being at home allows me to take time for her when necessary.
8. Realistic expectations. I’m thoroughly disenchanted with the notion of “Supermom”. If at the end of the day, I accomplished most of my to-do list and my husband and daughter are happy, it’s okay if the kitchen floor is a little sticky when I go to bed. I can scrub it Saturday when I’m not at the mall.
Jodi Sunderman, a wife, mother, and brand marketing consultant, wrote this blog for momaha
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