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As a work at home mom, you may think childcare isn’t as necessary. You still need to hire a babysitter or arrange daycare.
One of the whole points of being a work at home mom is to be able to look after your children at the same time. I decided I wanted to be self-employed and work from home so I was here when my kids had a sick day, a snow day, or an impromptu day off.
However, I still used daycare for them when they were younger. I also still love that they’re in school now.
Whether you’re working for yourself or you work from home with a boss watching your productivity levels, you’ll want to hire a babysitter or arrange daycare for your younger children. Here are the main reasons why.
You’re still working as a mom
It’s important to balance your work and your life. While you want to spend more time with your children, you’re still working during the day. Having your children come into the room when you’re trying to get through your work is distracting and it’s unprofessional.
It’s a little different when it’s a sick day. There’s little you can do about that, and there are high chances that children are sleeping off whatever has brought them home. However, on a regular basis, having your children in the background looks unprofessional for your boss or your clients.
Your children are a distraction as a work at home mom
I can say from experience that I get way more work done when my children are at school than when they are at home. Just this week, they had a day off school for teacher training. Of course, they were given things to do, but they ended up coming in to ask questions, show me things they were doing, and just want to talk and spend time with me.
This wasn’t a great think for me work. I ended up having to work a little later in the night when they went to bed.
Distractions mean lower productivity levels. It doesn’t matter with you’re working for yourself or from someone else. You’re not getting as much done as you could without the kids in the house.
You’re not fully present for your children
When you are a work at home mom, you’re having to balance both work and life. When you’re working, you should be working. You may have ways to remain focused on the tasks at hand, and that means you’re not fully present for your children.
This isn’t a “you’re not being a good mom” lecture. It’s more of a look at how you just can’t do two things at once. Something has to be put to one side and you may be focused on work, especially when you’re in a meeting.
Anything can happen. I’ve got two children who are pretty understanding that on their snow days, I still need to work. Yet, they still get up to things that can lead to them falling out of trees they’re climbing and breaking elbows. You know; kids being kids. If you’re a work at home mom without a babysitter on a regular basis, the chances of accidents go up. It’s best to have another adult in the house.
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