Being a work-from-home mom is, in my experience, a pretty sweet deal. There’s no one to question my professionalism when I work in sweats, I have full access to my own fridge and pantry at all times, and my kid’s art is splashed all over the office (it’s a little excessive, I can admit it). Still, there are some downsides, too. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about what working from home is really like, and I’ve even noticed there are times society expects you to apologize for being a work-from-home mom. Whether or not you (or I) actually apologize is a different story, but the expectation is definitely there.
In my circle, there are actually a few of us moms with non-traditional work schedules, so I know I’m in good company. For me, working from home includes mostly remote writing work, e-mail correspondence, the occasional video call, and, every so often, an in-person meeting that requires me to shower and change out of my elastic-waistband pants (the best pants on the planet, mind you).
I love this blend, to be honest, and I also love the texts I get from my working friends who are in a similar situation. But for everyone who understands, there are plenty of people who don't and who maybe, just maybe, raise their eyebrows and expect an apology during the following situations: