I’ve worked in a lot of different fields in my life, and not a single job I’ve ever had is as hard as being a work at home mom. So many of you WAHMs seem to be pulling it off really well. I have to ask, are you really as composed as you seem? More importantly, is your house ever clean?
I’ve worked as a bartender, bar manager, and waitress. Once, I had to do all three simultaneously and cook the food. That’s nothing compared to being a work at home mom. I’ve managed an art studio full of artists at each other’s throats all day long. That’s nothing compared to being a work at home mom. I worked in an office, which was a cake walk compared to being a work at home mom. I’ve been a nanny, which, was challenging for sure, but again, not compared to being a work at home mom. I’ve even owned and operated my own store, which incidentally was far easier than being a work at home mom, until I acquired a step-son and new baby daughter, and that position morphed into a parenting at the workplace position and that was basically impossible, which is why I’m now a work at home mom.
Even the rudest customer I’ve ever dealt with can’t compare to the intensity of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum while siblings bicker in the back ground. No customer has ever come to me stumbling with a potty chair filled of their own urine while I was wrapping up a project. No customer has ever walked up to me with poop on their hands looking for a hug.
I take that back, when I was a nurse’s aid in the Alzheimer’s unit of a nursing home, I was approached for a hug by a resident who had poop all over her hands. Still though, I wasn’t in the middle of proof reading an article on a deadline when it happened. So again, nothing compared to being a work at home mom.
No vendor has ever been as unavailable as a three year old locked in the bathroom pouting. While on the job, I’ve had to endure work place drama, but nothing nearly as heart wrenching as hearing your son explain how he is getting bullied at school just as you sat down to start working. Work at Home Moms work at home so that other women don’t get to raise their children. So, when our children want hugs or when our children need comforting or snacks or their nose blown or someone to wipe their butt, we have to stop what we’re doing and we have to take care of our children.
Therein lays the biggest challenge of being a WAHM.
We can never live up to our full potential in our professions as WAHMS because mothering takes precedence. Or at least, that’s the whole point of working from home, right?
I know many of this blog’s followers are work at home moms. We have Everything Birth reps as part of our community. I know there are other mommy bloggers following this blog. Some of you sell products; some of you do internet sales. Can we all come together now though and perhaps share some tips for successfully working at home?
Or, at the very least, can we all just admit that our houses aren’t clean?