Post # 1
I am in a bit of a career-limbo time right now, and I’m trying to decide which path to take. One of them would allow me to work from home, which isn’t necessarily a big deal right now as I don’t have kids, but I think it could be in the future. If I take this path, I could set myself up pretty well to get paid a lot to work flexible hours from home.
I’m wondering what this is really like though when you have kids. Do you still take them to daycare, or do you have someone come to your house while you work? Is it really fantastic to be have flexibility and be able to work whenever you want, or do you miss going into a job and seeing people?
This obviously wouldn’t be the only factor in my decision, but it’s just something I’ve thought about and I figured there have to be some ladies here who are in the situation and could give some feedback. No offense to anyone, but I’m not really asking stay-at-home moms or those who do a few hours/week of something. I’m more interested in hearing from moms who work 35+ hours/week at a professional job that you can’t just do while your kids are napping. Do you enjoy the fact that you can do your job from home because you have kids?
Post # 2
I have three boys and used to work from home. TBH, I hated it. It’s impossible to do while the kids are there (most of my work was done while they were at school but I still had a few hours to do when they got home cause it was 40 hrs/week). The biggest reason I disliked it though was because there was no line between being home and work if that makes sense. I personally like going to the office, social interraction between co-workers, that kinda thing. It just felt like I was always working. It was super convenient yes, but I’ll take a regular job anyday (like I have now lol).
Post # 3
I may be closer to the first category you aren’t interested in hearing from, but I do think I have some insight. I work about 20 hours/week, partly from home and partly going in. As my son has been getting older, it’s almost impossible to get work done at home. It was okay when he was maybe 4 months-8 months, but now the only time I can really accomplish anything is naptime, which clearly wouldn’t be enough time to work a 35+ hour job (my mom watches him while I go in for the rest of my hours). I think with little ones (before school-age), you’d definitely still need someone watching them most of the time. It’s great to have flexible hours, but you have to have some really set ones, too, and I think the only way to accomplish that is with a babysitter/daycare situation. I do miss interacting (even when I go in, it’s usually by myself). And I think in that situation, I’d rather just work the job and have a set daycare than try to work from home–if you’re working that much, I’d rather be in with everyone else in a real office setting. But that’s my personality, too, so it kind of depends how you work best.
So not exactly what you were looking for, but hopefully helpful.
Post # 4
Thanks for the comments! I guess I could have just said those who have childcare, as that’s what I was most interested in, but this is good stuff too
The issue of blending work and life is definitely a concern. I even have that trouble now working from home! I had to set a strict cut-off to stop working at the end of the day, or else it would just take over. I don’t know if I would miss the office environment, but maybe? Right now I work part-time in a big nice office and part-time from home. The problem is that I don’t find both jobs equally interesting, so it’s hard to say which I prefer! I do like the flexibility of being at home, but it might get isolating after a while.
I would definitely have childcare!! There is no way I could do my work with another person, let alone a child, in the house with me unless someone else was taking care of them. It would probably still be tempting to take lots of breaks and check on them though…
Post # 5
That was the issue for me, at first it was awesome. I was at home, comfy and working on my own terms. But as the months went on it got lonely and harder to stay on task. It just wasn’t for me!
Post # 6
I work 40 hours a week from home. I haven’t had an issue with the home/life separation; I only work in the room designated to be my office, and I have made it clear I am working from 9-5 only. This means hubby cannot bother me during this time, and work cannot bother me before 9/after 5 (I don’t start up the computer before 9 and I shut it off promptly at 5). I do sometimes get cabin fever with no actual human interaction/never leaving the house, but I usually just take a walk around the apartment complex when I am starting to feel stir crazy, and that works out. Without children, I like working from home because I can throw in loads of laundry/dishes if I need to, let the dog out, etc– simple, quick stuff that would all be waiting for me when I got home otherwise.
However, I am now 26 weeks pregnant! We are on the waiting list for a daycare, but it would obviously save us a ton of money if I can somehow work from home with baby all of the time or most of the time. I think there’s no real way to know how it’s going to work until you try it, so that’s my plan. I’ll just see how it goes, maybe try putting her in daycare a few days a week if it’s not, maybe try putting her in daycare every weekday if it’s really not. Message me around August if you want to hear how it’s going! 🙂
Post # 7
I have a pretty easy baby on my hands and it would be near impossible to work full time from home. You need daycare or a nanny. You wouldn’t bring your child to te office every day so in my opinion you dnot work from home while similtaeously caring for a child. A newborn would be the easiest time to do it but once they are awake and mobile there is no way. If the job is flex where you can do the work at night or on weekends is th only way I can see working from home with a child there.
Post # 8
I guess I didn’t make it clear that I absoultely meant WITH childcare!! I don’t see how anyone could work a professional job while taking care of a child. I guess I thought that was a given!!