Post # 1
Hi all, I am getting married this fall after a long engagement, and I am sure that children will follow.
I am kind of embarrassed to say I have not interacted with children much. I never babysat when I was younger, and I am an only child so no younger siblings to take care of.
FH and I own a business. For some of it, I would absolutely need to go into the office, but if I wanted to, I could shift things around and operate out of the home 75% of the time.
I want to have my cake and eat it too. Ideally, my children would be raised at home and not go into daycare. Is it possible to actually get REAL work done while caring for a baby? What about a toddler, etc?
Any advice is appreciated (even that telling me I’m crazy and it would never work lol).
Post # 3
I don’t have experience with this yet but I have had a few friends who have been able to pull it off, most of it is part time/flexible work so if something comes up they can work on things in the evening after hubby comes home. However, I know others that can’t even sit down and check their email who have a little one running around, so it seems like it’s one of those things to play by ear. Another option is just sending to daycare in the mornings to get the ball rolling or for a day or two out of the week.
Post # 4
My Darling Husband and i own our own business as well. We worked side by side for years, while dating, engagement, now marriage and pregnancy doing all the work ourselves. We planned it out for us to now be around the house more and hire help after the little one arrives.
We have a rental business so we do not have to maintain a store front. Day to day operations can be done by phone.
I am only about 15 weeks pregnant now, but work from home now with the business and plan to keep the baby at home as well. For what i would pay in daycare, i could hire more help basically. Just being at home took a little adjustment, I mean I would rather do laundry than crunch numbers on quickbooks any day. So i go to my “office” every morning and take care of business, it took a few weeks to get in the hang of things but now its great. My husband also plans to watch the little one some as i basically take care of all day to day operations, overseeing maintenance men, contractors, accounting, showing properties etc. I believe it can work, its going to be very different with a little one, but i have lots of space in the office for toys/playpen etc. I am most worried about the first few weeks.When the baby is older i do plan for him or her to go one or two days a week to a mothers day out program or something similar so that i can get errands, showings and other things done.
Post # 5
It was pretty easy for me to work 5 hrs a day from when Warren was 12 weeks until about 6 months… then it started becoming harder – but still possible. I will say this worked so great because he’s an awesome napper – usually at least 2 – 2hr naps/day. He’s pretty laid back as well. All kids are different though and this is something you can’t really predict.
I ended up getting a new job (full time in an office) so he started daycare at 7 mos. Timing worked out great for me because it was getting harder to get all my work done during working hours. I did not want to have to work all night once my husband got home just to get my work done! I’m really thankful for those 7 months I could keep him at home with me though 🙂
Post # 6
It all depends on how your kid sleeps. I have one who will only nap in a moving car or if I’m in bed with him. And I can’t even check an email without him eating the keyboard or crying if he’s not being held, so for me it’s impossible. But it depends on the kid! But I have a friend with a good napper who said she gets about 3 solid hours of work in a day when she’s home.
Post # 7
Its definately a balencing act but it can be done.
Post # 8
I don’t have kids yet, so feel free to ignore this comment. I’ve been working from home for about 1.5 years, and it can be HARD to stay focused. This totally depends on the person I’m sure, but I think it would be really hard to do boring work when you’ve got an adorable baby to hang out with, or are running on no sleep. That being said, I think it would be possible to work from home a few hours a week, but I think full-time would be really, really hard once the baby gets out of the infant phase and is running around, talking, screaming, etc.
Post # 9
I have heard it is not feasible because it is difficult to get anything done. I have been a nanny for work-from-home moms that hired me for this exact reason.
Post # 10
I think it depends on the nature of your business. If it’s the kind of thing where you’ll need to participate in calls and be available certain hours, it could be tough, because what if the baby’s hungry or whatever? But if it’s something where you can get the work done whenever, as long as it’s done, you could work around the baby’s sleep schedule.
What about having someone come over for a few hours a day to watch the baby/toddler while you run into the office or get work done efficiently, and then in the afternoon you work around the child’s schedule. It would probably be cheaper than full-time childcare, but would allow you to really get work done.
Post # 11
My partner is a work at home dad, holding down a full time job and taking care of our 11 month old. I don’t know how he does it, but he does.
We had to hire a housecleaner, though 🙂 Small price to pay for keeping the baby at home!