how well do you balance staying at home duties and motherhood while working at home?

Megan - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am almost finished with my certification for medical transcription at home, then i will be looking for part time work from home. my question is how difficult is it for you to balance everything out, even with being at home? I know that even the training is hard for me to work on bc my son is 4 months and needs pretty constant attention! But our family needs for me to make an income, and i dont want to get a crappy part time job and work nights and weekends that i could be spending with my husband.


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Kindle - posted on 02/06/2010




Honey, it is hard I know. Imagine having no husband. If I can do it you can too. I was in college, single, and my son constantly walked on my books, and sat in my lap as I is funny now, but not back then.

Now that you have a child you must remember that you are a lot of things to more people. But you have help so you will be ok.

1. Get a baby backpack, walk and read aloud to him whiloe studying (my kid is a friggin genius because I did this, no baby talk at all!). Put him in your backpack and take him everywhere (when you can). Be sure to get a good one or you will be in pain.

2. Get a bedtime for him and stick to it. NO MATTER WHAT!

3. Always make time for hubby (I was married with my 1st son, it was hard, but we did it)

4. Congratulations mama!

Now to answer your It is hard, but not difficult, constant interruptions etc. If needed hire a neighborhood teenager(if you can afford it). Pay them to entertain your child in the afternoon in your home so you can work (for a few hours). Remember you are working PT not FT.

We are moms here so I suggest afternoon delight for hubby!

Mornings for you,housework(yes with the baby on your back) and baby...

Lastly get your 8 hours of sleep..when mama is not happy, NOBODY is happy!


Lisa - posted on 02/06/2010




i can sympathize... it's definitely difficult trying to balance motherhood with working from home (i actually have a blog all about it:

one thing that has helped me is to write out a Daily Schedule. I even put basics like: empty dishwasher... shower.... so even in the craziness, i can look down at my schedule, which is on the kitchen counter, and check off what i've done/need to do.

congrats on working from home and being with your kids!!

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Stephanie - posted on 07/13/2009




I've been a VA for two years now and have learned to be flexible. Mostly working in the evenings when they are asleep, but check in with clients during the day. When he's napping then you can get some work done. Set this time aside for just that and talk to your husband so that you can work out a work schedule for you when he's home.

Kara - posted on 07/13/2009




Well, I work from home and have found a pretty good balance doing it. I am a skin care expert (esthetician and massage therapist) so I take clients into my home and work in a studio in the lower level of my house. I book clients when my 2 year old is napping or when my husband gets home in the evening. I have been doing it now for just under 2 years and it works GREAT for us. I also will sched. some clients on Saturdays while my husband and little girl have a few hours together. Most weeks I really only work 5-10 hours a week but am able to make enough for what we need and hope to ramp it up once our little one is in kindergarden! Hope that helps.

Heather - posted on 07/13/2009




I have found that working from home is not as easy as I thought it would be, I work for a call center out of my home which is great no commut, no daycare, but while Im taking calls I need the kids to be in the other room which is not easy, and while im working I find my self feeling gulity because the kids are in the other room watching TV and I feel if Im at home I should be doing somthing with them and if I do somthing with them I fell I should be working to make some money. I have not quiet figured out how to balance it all yet.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2009




It gets easier....or either that you get use to it. I am a full time work at home graphic designer with 2 kids. My daughter is 3 and my son is 1. The hard part is just as soon as you think you have a schedule figured out then your kids enter a different stage and everything changes. Right now I do a lot of my harder work at night once they're in bed and do my easier work throughout the day around their needs. I haven't found that I can keep a "perfect house" while watching the kids, and working full time however. My priorities are kids and work and the house work gets fit in when possible which is once or twice a week.

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