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The Balance between being a stay at home parent and working from home
Balancing parenthood with working from home
As I sit here writing this article, I can hear both of my kids talking and playing, when the truth is, they are supposed to be sleeping. Nap time is my work time, where I sit and write and rewrite, and edit photos and all the fun things that come from being a freelance writer. Before I became a mom, it was so much more simple. I would sit in a coffee shop for hours finding my inspiration in my surroundings, watching people, and just taking my time. I would sit at the park, I would people watch at the mall, oh the freedom.
Fast forward to now. I am a stay at home mom, with a beautiful 4 year old, and a lively 2 year old. We live in a small townhouse, that seriously has every space spoken for. My trips to the coffee shop have ended, and also my people watching, now, my work space is the nook underneath the stairs. My space consists of my vintage desk (that I picked up from a yard sale with the intent of repurposing) my plants, and some of my paintings, as well as a few hot wheels and my little pony dolls. But this is my space and it works.
My scheduled has change from any time a day, to strictly working on their nap time and bed time with the help of a lot of late night coffee and a lot of researching. I found myself many times thinking, maybe I should just quit on my writing, maybe this is too much, between the kids, housework, homeschool, 2 dogs and my marriage, but every time I would think to quit, I would literally cringe, because me quitting would mean, I would have become just the shell of me, because I wouldn't be expressing myself through a job that I love so much.
You can do both. You can be a stay at home parent, and not give up on your goals, on your hobbies, on your dreams. In fact, I think that is that quality of not giving up that keeps me sane, grounded and Happy.