moms who work from home– advice

posted 1 week ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I work from home occasionally (healthcare executive), but I have a full time nanny and my oldest is in school. Last week, our nanny was ill and our back up child handlers were all unavailable. I attempted to “work from home” from 8-2. It was a disaster. I basically could only respond with one word emails or quick texts. I tried to participate in a conference call and had to drop off. Long story short- it was impossible. So, I’d say if you’ve got help, for sure. Without it, or would be a significant challenge! 

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I work from home every day. I’ve done so since my son was a toddler (I was a Stay-At-Home Mom before that). The only way I was able to make it happen is that my mother lives with us and she was my childcare during those times. There’s no way I would have been able to do it with an infant or on my own. Even now, when my son is almost 10, I cannot really work from home on the days he has no school. I just take a half day or vacation time because it’s not worth the stress.

Honestly, even with my mother or husband in the house, it’s hard to work from home without having to tell them “I have to get back to work, now.” or “I’m in the middle of something and I can’t talk or listen to you right now.”

I would still request the work from home arrangement- even just for a day. As PP said, it does make things MUCH easier to throw in a load and to not have to do the entire getting ready process. I’d just have childcare come into the house or find a daycare for that one day.

Post # 18
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Honey bee

diana148 :  Nope. I have worked from home with my son for his entire four years. You will either be neglecting your job or your child if you try to juggle both. My employer actually forbids this in our handbook. You really have to have a nanny. 

Post # 19
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Newbee

Sorry to disagree with everyone, but I absolutely could have done it up until my son was about two years old. He was admittedly a unicorn baby. He slept a lot for the first two years. I actually got a little bored sometimes since he was such a quiet sleepy guy. It would have been easy to fit in desk work back then. Phone calls maybe not though. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

So going against the grain here, I WFH and also have a 1 year old and a stepchild that’s with me 1-2 days a week after school or full day when school is out or it’s the Summer. I’m also pregnant so will be adding another. 

it’s doable, but it isn’t easy. We have a routine that works for us and some days are easier (on me) than others. I schedule conference calls around naptime and also playtime in the morning when my youngest is still pretty happy to play independently. As the day wears on, the crankier he can get. 

I’ve WFH his whole life through the newborn to toddler stage, he started going to a church preschool 2 days a week for half a day at 8 months and that helped, also my Mother-In-Law provides backup if need be, but most days it’s just me, him, his older sibling and my work. 

Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I WFH and have a 20m old. It’s freaking HARD. I think in your particular job/position, no it’s not doable. I’m self employeed, so I’m my own boss and make my own hours – being able to take on as many or few jobs as I want. 

When he was a baby and much smaller it was easier, now that he’s a toddler it’s almost impossible to get any work done when he’s awake. He usually takes a 2 hr nap and aside from that time, I don’t get any good solid work done until after he’s in bed. He did start a mom’s morning out two day’s a week from 9-12 and so I get a couple of hours work done during that time. I’m not going to lie, my work life has suffered a lot in the last year. 

Now I will say, if I’m downstairs at our kitchen island on my laptop replying to emails or doing small tasks I can get that done. For some reason he will happily play downstairs.  If we’re upstairs? Hell to the no. Despite him having an entire loft playroom with allll the things + TV, he will be in my office (also upstairs) slamming my desk drawers and literally destroying everything in his path. It’s absolutely the worst. There are days when I want to lose my mind and I give up on all work. 

My busiest time is May – November, and honestly this summer I will likely being sending him to a sitter for two full days a week because I NEED to have dedicated work days. 

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