Balance and the Work-at-Home-Mom: Can It Be Attained?

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[Editor's Note: I work from home. Most days, the balance works well. Then there are days where nothing goes right, including the balance of kids-and-work and my four-year-old will come to me and say, "Why are you still working? I want to play!" Me too. Old School/New School Mom has been dealing with some of this and even shared how her mom dealt with it as well. How do you deal with that balance? -Jenna]

Apparently I Work at Home:

Stone balancingAnother challenge is that Ari kind of hates it when I work. Yesterday he said:

"Mommy, I don't like it when you do work every day." I replied:
"I know you don't like it, I don't like it either."

And it's not that I don't like the work per say. Like I said, I love transcribing, but I don't like that it distracts from me spending time with my kids.

My mom shared with me that when she used to work from home writing resumes, my brother once said to her: "I don't like that typing!" Which meant that he, too, did not like it when she worked from home, which resembles Ari's sentiments about my work.

One would think if one worked from home it would be easier to spend time with one's kids. However, it's just as hard to balance taking care of the kids and work as it would be if I worked outside the house. In fact, in some ways, it's harder.

Photo Credit: peterpearson.

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