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Nov 14, 2008


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Cara Fox

Amen to the first piece of advice. When I worked part-time from home when #1 was born, I stupidly thought he would just hang out in the bouncy next to me while I worked. Uh - not so much. Found myself scrambling for child care for him and never even bothered to try to work without a sitter when #2 came along. But by then, my "part time job" became a full time job in part time hours. I had a daytime sitter, but was also killing myself to work from 8 pm to 1 am after my kids went to bed to get the job done. It sucked. I have now realized that I should count on about 1.5 hours of babysitting for every hour I "plan" to work.


I tried working from home in the year between my first and second kid but it was impossible. My job demanded that I be available at all hours and you just can't pull that off with a screaming kid in your face. I ended up getting a sitter for two days a week and going into work but once my second was born, I quit. Arranging for childcare is great advice, it's just not possible to do both.


I totally agree with this. I worked from home right after my second was born and worked during naptimes and after bed....but the job was only about 15 hours a week so it was fine. I started one that was 20+ hours a few years ago and I felt the same about the babysitting. I could never have enough and I always felt like I should be down in the office working instead of at the playground. It was hard to draw boundaries.

Motherhood Uncensored

I'm not sure how long I did it without a sitter. And I only have one 4 hours each morning (3 mornings a week), but it's amazing how much I can get done when I'm able to focus and not chase after kids.

I went from working a part time job (with my daughter sitting in my office with college students), to not really working, to having two extremely busy businesses while writing a book and freelancing. The transition was crazy and I was not prepared. All of a sudden I went form SAHM to WAHM, but not in my head. It was always just "side stuff."

Fortunately, we have a lot of wahms in our 'hood, so I don't feel alienated, but it is hard when you don't get to work during the day and you miss out on things because you need to work weekends and nights when the kids are occupied and asleep.

So, it's definitely a blessing but most certainly a CHALLENGE!

(sorry for the book!)


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