Before I became a mom, I had an ideal vision of “working from home.” I did it occasionally in previous jobs, and it always felt so luxurious. I could play music, wear sweats, and make myself as many cups of coffee as I needed sans judgment. After my son arrived, I started working from home all the time, and realized that "consistently" is not the same as "occasionally." I understand that it’s easy to make assumptions though, since I held many myself. Still, there are things work-from-home moms wish other moms just knew.
For the record, working from home can come in all different shapes and sizes, depending on the job, the home, and the family (and probably a number of other things specific to each person and their unique set of circumstances). Since I started working from the comfort of my own home, my partner and I have tried various forms of childcare, including; none at all, accepting help from family, and having our son in part-time daycare, which has worked out quite well for all of us.
I share this not because I consider myself an expert of any kind, but because these experiences have given me different perspectives. All that said, if every mom I encountered knew the following things about my (and other work-from-home parents’) situation, it would save me a lot of time typically spent explaining my family set-up to one, or more, very confused faced.