KNOWING WHEN TO UNPLUG WHEN YOU WORK AT HOME
Welcome to Episode 5 of our ‘Being A Work At Home Mama’ series! This week’s post has been written by the lovely April from Mojitos & Munchkins. She has 3 gorgeous children and has been blogging since she was put on bed rest during her first pregnancy. Today she is going to be talking about knowing when to unplug when you are working from home.
If you missed Episode 4: 6 Must Haves For The Work At Home Mom you can check it out here.
Knowing When To Unplug
As a work at home mom, one thing (amongst the many) that I’ve struggled with is trying to find the balance between putting in time with my blog/ other household requirements vs. spending QUALITY time with my children. After all, that is the sole reason I chose to walk away from the classroom and take a one-year leave from my position as an elementary school teacher. Having known full well what it feels like to (try to) balance life as a teacher AND as a mom, I wanted to refocus my energy and see if I could get our family a bit more in sync.
Despite the fact that I’m no longer lesson planning, I am a writer. Writing quality content and staying active in my writing circles is something that is important to me. Because of this new addition in our lives, I’ve had to be mindful about making time for each, without walking around feeling like I always have one foot in each area, but am sucking in ALL areas.
Ultimately, when the familiar guilt of “Am I engaging with my kids enough??” crept back into my brain, I decided to take action. This is what I decided: I pretended that I was being audited by a fictitious team for a term of 7 days. Each day for a one-week period, there were Big Brother style cameras in every nook of my house. Outside of my home, papparazzi spies had hidden cameras all around me. What would they see? What notes would they take? How would they rate my parenting? After all, my parenting and my relationship with my children were the number one priority for me. In this fictitious team, consisting of my mother-in-law, my son’s elementary school principal, a child psychologist, and a member of CPS, I was being trolled by the judges to see just how good I stacked up as an engaged mom. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wouldn’t rate myself very high and I needed to make changes.
Other episodes in this series:
A Day In The Life of 5 Work At Home Mamas – COMING SOON!