When I tell people that I work from home the standard response I get is “Oh that must be so nice!”. I have to smile and say that it’s lovely but the reality of my days is far different from what people must think.
I run two small businesses from home with two kids. I was about 178 months pregnant with my second when I started my entrepreneurial adventure so I’ve always been in this balancing act of family and work.
My expectation was that the children would play happily around me while I got loads of work done, kept up with housework, never missed a precious moment of their lives and never felt an ounce of mom guilt.
I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing before you carry on….
Mom life is busy, hard & tiring. But also wonderful, precious & magical. We’re exhausted, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The little people in our lives challenge us every day, but the kisses and cuddles are the sweet little joys of motherhood.
Our modern culture doesn’t seem to foster the ‘village’ attitude that once existed. In the past, we would have had our mothers, friends, sisters living nearby to help out and we’d meet other like-minded moms in our neighbourhoods. We seem so much more isolated these days. Getting an afternoon of help requires planning weeks in advance and it’s almost not worth it in the end.
But thankfully technology has evolved in such a way that it helps us stay at least virtually connected. And there are in fact a ton of tools and resources available to help simplify family life!