Confession: it can be tricky for both partners to adjust to a work-from-home routine. In my own family, for example, I work almost exclusively from home, while my husband spends at least a few hours of his work week there, too. You would think that, since we both understand how complicated working from the comfortable chaos that is your home can be, we’d be completely and totally respectful of each other’s work times. The truth is, however, that my partner is much better about letting me work. It’s almost as if he has a secret list somewhere of the things grown-ass men never do to work-at-home moms that he follows, while I still need reminders to leave my husband alone when he’s trying to get stuff done, and to, oh, you know, not encourage my son to have dance parties right next to the desk.
OK, I’ve never actually seen this list, but, like the wind, and like beautiful romantic relationships as portrayed in movie adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, I can feel it’s presence. In fact, not only can I feel its presence, but I see evidence of its existence every single day. I'm simply convinced that this list influences almost every aspect of our day-to-day work lives, making it easier (or at least possible) for me to work from home.
So, not to toot my own horn or shameless brag about my wonderful partner, but I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what might be on the list of things every grown-ass man refuses to do to a mom who works-from-home, and how it all works. Without any photographic evidence, here's what I'm assuming that super secret list says: