So I’ve come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, easier to work away from home. Those that have these dreams that working from home with your children underfoot is going to be absolutely wonderfull and euphoric will have them dashed to pieces once you realize that, especially with children under 4 years old, it’s hard to get anything done!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I want to be home with my kids. They can drive me absolutely nuts, but I also can’t stand to think of missing out on watching them grow and learn. I love that it makes us closer as a family, and I love taking care of them.
I do know what it’s like to work outside the home part time though, and it is nice to be able to make money without the distraction of kids, baby, and guilt about not getting housework done. You’re completely focused on your job, and there are no other expectations while you’re there except to just work.
So why don’t I just get a part time job?
Because I want to be home with my kids. I don’t want to be stuck at a job that we might come to rely on financially to where one day we might not be able to afford for me to quit. Then I’d be wanting to be home with my kids and I’d be stuck.
It also isn’t worth the cost of daycare.
I was also brought up with entrepreneurial delusions of grandeur. I was brainwashed into thinking that being your own boss is the best way to go! I love the idea of having my own hours, and being able to take time off whenever I want without having to ask the boss and schedule it in. I love the idea of making money working on the internet, and making my own product like with my soy candle business, or with my paintings.
I love the idea of all this, but the reality is that it is difficult to schedule it all in! I do chalk part of it up to the fact that I have a baby that needs alot of attention, and that is true. I know things will get a bit easier once he starts sleeping completely through the night, and in his own bed. Also, once he starts being able to follow his brothers around, I won’t have to hold him so much. So there is a light on the horizon.
So how to juggle Mturk, candle making, mom blogging, a horse classified site, painting(which I am not even attempting to do right now), and still be able to homeschool, take care of the house, all without crashing and burning? Well, that’s a good question because this past week, though it’s partly due to everyone being sick, I’ve felt like I just need to take a break from it all. I really, really, really need to get it together and quit trying to fly by the seat of my pants.
So here are my goals for next week:
7am- get up, get dressed, study/prayer
7:30am- start working on hits at Mturk untill 8:30-9
9am- kids up, eat breakfast
9:30am-start some school work, reading and math with Nboy, ABC’s and counting, etc… with Ekid, and the mechanics of learning to crawl, with Baby :)
10:30-kids watch tv
11am- make hubby some lunch
11:15-noon- Work on Mturk hits some more
Noon- make lunch
12:30-1:30 do something with the kids(read,play,play game, walk to park etc..)
1:30-nap time for baby and Ekid- Nboy can draw or do workbook. Housework for me
2:30-work on blog or website of choice :)
3:00-4:30- kids tv time
4:30pm-start cooking dinner-wash dishes
8:30pm kids get ready for bed
9pm kids in bed
9:30pm work on blog, websites or Mturk or watch a movie :)
11:30 bed time!
So tell me, does this all sound crazy to you? I know it seems like I’m trying to fit too much onto my plate and you’re thinking,”why don’t you just drop a couple of things so you’re not so stressed?” I don’t know, I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment! There are some things that don’t need to be done every day, like tweeking websites, and once that’s done, they’ll kind of be on auto-pilot much of the time.
So all you working-at-home moms out there. How do you do it? Do you think you have too much going on? Do you do it because you Need the income, or is it because you just enjoy it?