Working from home is no walk in the park. It’s not a vacation. It’s not “pretending” to work and actually taking multiple naps and watching The Price Is Right. In fact, I haven’t watched Drew Carey tell anyone to come on down since my early days of unemployed motherhood. And now that I work from home, I struggle to work and parent simultaneously. Some of my colleagues understand that struggle, but still manage to "do it all." Seriously, I'm in awe of how these moms work from home while watching their kids.
I only have my son home on Thursdays, weekends, and certain holidays. I try to do the bulk of my work when he’s at school, but there are days when everything just catches up to me. On those days, I try to have some kind of activity planned for the mornings so he gets some energy out. I also try to have some puzzles handy, in case he’s somehow actually feeling like playing alone, which is a rarity these days. Naps work from time to time, but he’s starting to lose interest in them (which is, frankly, terrifying). In other words, it's not easy.
I think being honest about how difficult it is to work from home as a mother will, in the end, actually help. When we realize that things aren't as "picture-perfect" as they look, we can find ways to make things easier for us all. So, with that in mind, I asked some other work from home mamas what their tips were, and here’s what they shared: