When I decided to become a working mom, I was excited and nervous. I knew that my days would change drastically, but it wasn't until after the first few months of working from home that I realized how big those changes really were. In this post, I'll share with you all of the ways that being a work-from-home mom has changed my life for the better (and sometimes not so much).
The realization that I am not only a mom, but I’m also an employee
The biggest lesson I learned from working from home is that I am not only a mother, but I’m also an employee. This was the hardest thing for me to realize at first because it was so easy to get caught up in playing with my son and doing things around the house that didn't need to be done right now.
I had to learn how to manage my time better than I ever have before. If you are great at managing your time and setting goals for yourself, then working from home should be easy for you because most work places will never be as flexible as when you work from home!
Working a lot more than I ever did before
There's a lot of debate about whether working from home is better than working in an office. Some people love the flexibility, others hate it. Working from home can allow you to be more productive since you don't have to commute and can set your own schedule, but it also means that you're constantly around your coworkers and will feel more connected to them (for good or bad).
I've worked from home for many years now, so I'm used to it. However, my experience does differ quite significantly from that of someone who works in an office environment—and there are pros and cons for both sides!
The biggest difference between being a SAHM and being WFHM is how much time you spend doing things related directly with your job: some tasks take longer than others depending on where they occur.
Being understood as a mom and a professional by everyone
You’re a mom and a professional, so you need to feel like both of those things are taken seriously. You don’t want to feel like your priorities are questioned or that you are being judged for trying to do both. When I was a SAHM, I felt like I had more freedom and flexibility as far as time management goes because it didn’t matter if I was late home from work every day or if my daughter missed her afternoon nap because we were running errands together. Now that we are both working full-time, it has become an issue if one of us shows up late or has to cancel our plans at the last minute in order for one of us to stay home with our daughter.
Being understood by everyone means being able to express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism from anyone (including yourself). And when you start feeling like you aren't being heard by those around them (especially their significant other), then they will internalize it until they end up hating themselves for every decision they make that is not in alignment with what others expect them too be doing at any given moment."
Discovering the joys of having time for myself
There are a lot of different things that can make you feel stressed. You might be in debt, you might have health problems, or your boss could be causing you to work too much overtime. Whatever the reason for your stress, one thing is certain: being a working mother will bring out the best in yourself and your children.
Being a work from home mom (WFHM) has many upsides and downsides. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to doing this, as well as ways you can deal with the downsides.
The biggest advantage is that you don't have to worry about getting your kids ready for school in the morning or rushing them out the door. They do their own thing and you can get up when they get up.
You don't have to drive anywhere, which saves time, money, and gas—and it helps save the environment!
It's nice not having to deal with people making small talk at school pickup or dropoff because you're working from home. No one will ask how your day was (unless they're interested in hearing an honest answer).
The biggest change from SAHM to WFHM is that you are physically working while you're at home while also being a mom. You're working, but it doesn't require you to be on site all day. You can be flexible and work from anywhere, so if your kids need something or you want to take them somewhere, it's easy for you to do so.
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