What I Learned As A Work-from-Home (And Stay-At-Home) Mom

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I stay at home, as a mom. And I work from home. I sometimes eat lunch in my pajamas. I sometimes make calls to clients while watching my child in a playground. It is a rare opportunity to be able to contribute for your family while spending all day with them. 

When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. I know it can be a challenge for some parents to be pinned down in the house so much, but it was a dream come true for me. As an introvert and somewhat of a control freak, I love being home. At home, I’m in control of my surroundings and most importantly, my schedule. When I was pregnant, I figured that a perfectly coordinated schedule would be my ticket to parental and work success. I researched sleep schedules, feeding schedules, and the best brain-stimulating activities for infants. My planner was filled with ideal times for feeding, napping, playtime and of course my work. Over the year I’ve learned that my organized personality complements my take on motherhood and work quite well, but I was also mistaken about one very large thing. Babies, toddlers, work and life in general can’t always be perfectly planned. 

Being a stay-at-home (and work-from-home) mom is a constant, 24/7 job full of cleaning, cooking, emailing, creating, photographing, sick child, hyper child, play dates, bumps, bruises, discipline, stress, and unimaginable, incomparable joy. I feel like my work as a mom can be invisible; my paying work can feel invisible too. Many of my friends don’t even realize I work. My husband only knows how many hours I’ve worked in a week if I tell him. At times, it feels like I live in two worlds, and neither world understands the other.

Some moments are wonderful and some are really, really hard. Routine has been an essential part of my day for years. Balancing work and motherhood is something I’m still learning. I’m a firm believer in children needing a little structure to feel secure and work needing a little planning to be done but what I didn’t realize was that trying to stick to a strict schedule for every little thing was just not possible. I felt like a failure every time my list was left incomplete. And I realized that just because I stay at home (and work from home) doesn’t mean I have to be glued to my house or my schedule.

I’ve finally learned to prioritize my day. I thought that cleaning, planning, blogging and teaching was my top priority each day. But, I’ve realized that throwing the plan out the window for the day and ignoring the routine to watch our favorite movie together or ignoring the healthy meal and ordering a pizza are usually the most memorable ones.

L xoxo

26 Comments
  • Amanda Maxwell

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    I can imagine balancing both would be challenging but it sounds like you are doing a great job!

    • Leky83

      Thank you Amanda!

  • Marquita @LovetheLaniers

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    Yes, kudos to you! I totally understand the struggle and the juggle. It’s not easy, but it is worth it when you realize the freedoms you are able to enjoy such as blowing things off for the day to make fun memories instead.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Marquita!

  • Gail M Akeman

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    I could not imagine having a little one while and having a full time blog and not working outside the home.

    • Leky83

      Thanks Gail.

  • Ashley Markwood

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    Routines totally save me as a stay at home mom … I think it keeps me sane 🙂 The struggle is real, but so worth it!

    • Leky83

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks Ashley!

  • Angela at The Fancy Ranch Life

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    Routines are crucial if you work from home. It seems like everyone thinks you’re constantly available for them if you work from home, but if you are, you never get anything accomplished. I’ve learned to designate time for certain things and I’m way more productive that way…but I also agree that sometimes you have to blow it all off and have fun with the kids!

    • Leky83

      This is so true! Thank you Angela!

  • Jehava

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    I couldn’t of said it better! Love this post!

    • Leky83

      Thank you Jehava!

  • Belle

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    Such a great read! Yes, some days can be hard and I work full-time! But I absolutely agree with you that throwing the routine out the door for a day for a spontaneous day with the kids are usually the most fun and memorable one!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Leky83

      Thank you Belle!

  • Carrie Wiley

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    I’m right there with you! Great tips and encouragement!

    • Leky83

      Thank you Carrie!

  • Clair

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    Yes! This is great 🙂 Beibg a SAHM and trying to work can be a difficult thing at times…I am slowly learning that some things just have to give.

    • Leky83

      Yes totally! It definitely takes time! Thanks Clair!

  • Jessica Peresta

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    Balancing everything is so hard but it is so worth it. Great post!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Jessica!

  • April

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    Time management is essential and its really hard sometimes because there is always something. Great read.

    • Leky83

      So agree! Thanks April!

  • Annie Thompson

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    I love this! I was the same exact way–I researched everything and yep, then real life happens! The balancing is so hard everyday but I feel the same way–it’s so worth it!

    • Leky83

      Thanks Annie!

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

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    Well said! I thrive on schedules and routines, but sometimes I’m able to throw it out the window.

    • Leky83

      Same here 🙂 Thanks Danielle!

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