A few years back when I made the decision to leave my job to try and work from home, it came with a lot of struggle and self-doubt. Although today I feel much better about it, there is no doubt that being a mother, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom or a working mom, is a challenging, tough and amazing gig.
I feel blessed that I am able to stay at home with the kids while still working in a field that I love. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen me sharing my favourite things about being a WAHM. I thought, why not go big and share the 6 Reasons I Love Being a Work-At-Home Mom.
Why I Enjoy Being a Work-At-Home Mom
1. The Field Trips
Being a WAHM gives me a lot of flexibility. When the kids have field trips, noisy reading in their classes or need volunteers, I am able to step in. I love how happy and excited my kids get when I can drive them to a field trip and volunteer in their class. It’s creating wonderful memories and less face it, when they are teenagers, they probably won’t want me around as much as they do now!
2. I Can Wear Anything
Working from home means if I want to stay in my pyjama’s, workout clothes or leggings all day, I totally can! There is no dress code where I work except for comfortable! Heck, I can even go to work with no shoes.
3. Sick Days
If the kids are sick, I don’t have to worry, I can be home with them and take care of them. After all, I am my own boss.
4. I Can Work Wherever I Want
Working from home doesn’t mean that I HAVE to work at home. I love that I can take my office with me to a coffee shop, the library and even outside on the deck when it’s a beautiful day. It even lets me meet up with other mom bloggers and work together!
Being a WAHM lets me have the flexibility to take a day off if I need to, run errands, play hooky and take the kids to the park, take a work break when I want, eat lunch at my leisure and even throw in some laundry in between.
6. Positive Roll Model
By me working from home, my kids can see that even while I am home taking care of them and the house, I am also working, contributing and getting to be creative.
One can say I have the best of both worlds but one can also say I have two jobs, that never end as they seem to roll into each other. But despite the difficulties, the mom guilt, the impossibly of balance, I would never give up the gig of being a work-at-home mom. When I first took the step, I was scared but I know in my heart, it was the right decision for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Whether you’re a work-at-home-mom, stay-at-home mom or working mom, what do you love most about what you do?
9 thoughts on “6 Reasons I Love Being a Work-At-Home Mom”
Really love that you embrace working from home. I worked from home for almost a year and found it pretty tough to find balance. I think I would have appreciated the flexibility more if I had children back then – but everything happens at the right time for the right reasons!
I love working from home. But sometimes it just miss the culture and (after world drinks lol) of an office. But that’s very seldom. It’s good to be your own boss!
I used to work from home in my last job quite often. Being a new father it was great time to bond with your kids and help take care of the baby. I do miss it.
you are truly an inspiration!!!
aww, thank you!
Loved reading your reasons. WAHM are truly awesome!
I came about this situation from completely the opposite direction. Aside from a brief stint for a few months after graduating from university, I’ve been working from home my entire professional career. I guess I take a lot of the freedom and flexibility for granted. And then, I became a dad and my whole world got turned upside down.
One story that I oftentimes share is this. During our prenatal class, the instructor asked all the dads how much time off work they’d be taking. Most of the dads said a few days, a few said they were lucky enough to take a week or two. Me, I’ve been home the whole time. I didn’t take any “time off work” in the strictest sense, as I continued to run my own business the whole time, but I was there for every diaper change, every feeding, every milestone.
And I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Fatherhood has become such a central part of identity, more so than any other role I have ever taken.
That’s so wonderful Michael! It’s not often that men have the same experience and you’re right Fatherhood and Motherhood is wonderful!