The idea of working from home when you’re a parent can seem like the perfect solution. You're available to spend a little more time with your kids, there’s no commute, you can work in your pajamas if you really want, you’re making money, and you're getting a vital brain break from the demands of being a parent. However, people say some pretty strange things about work-from-home moms that feel judgmental.
From the moment I had my son, I've worked from home; first as a daycare provider and then as a freelance writer. I have to admit, when the idea was first discussed with my husband, I was intrigued. Working from home seemed like a wonderful balance for a mother. I could get dinner started, throw a load of laundry on during the day, and I didn’t have to budget for the cost of childcare. Over the last three years I have learned that I love working from home, and I don't think I would ever wish to return to a more traditional working environment. Still, that doesn't mean it's all good.
Like anything else related to motherhood (or life in general) working-from-home has its downside. Especially when people say the following things to me which, although often unintentional, can actually feel really judgmental: