Earlier in May, we celebrated the contributions that mothers make each day all around the country. In just a few weeks, we will honor the fathers who do the same. At WAHspace, we know that one of the biggest challenges that comes with parenting is balancing providing for your family with the need for child care that is often associated with parents going to work each day. For some people, working at home can provide the flexibility that allows parents to adequately fulfill both roles.
Many parents choose to work from home so that they can enjoy their children’s younger years and not miss out on any important stages in their child’s life. According to a recent survey, over 90% of moms that were interviewed said that the desire for family flexibility is the number one reason they work from home. This lifestyle can sometimes present challenges that need to be handled on the front end.
Success as a work at home parent requires planning from the start. It is important that while you are working, you have something for your child to do or someone to watch them. If you do not have someone watch your child while you are working, then it is best to set a realistic work schedule. If your child goes to school, takes a nap at the same time throughout the day, or goes to bed early at night, recognize those windows as opportunities to get work completed. Remember that not every company provides the same kind of flexibility, so always be clear about your availability with your manager or point of contact up front.
A support system can also help ensure that you will be successful in your work at home role. This can include family members, friends, neighbors, and paid child care providers for the unexpected events that happen in life. We also suggest that you connect with other work at home parents at WAHspace to share tips and strategies for managing the multiple priorities that parents face each day. For more information or to join the community, visit WAHspace.com.