What it’s like to telecommute when you’re a mom

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  1. I would love to telecommute but I do now see that it’s not as simple as I had thought. There needs to be time for everything whether you work outside the home or in your home.

    • Carlie says:

      You are so right — as moms we do it all! The difference with telecommuting is that the boundaries between work and home can be fuzzy and often I find myself torn. I have to put on housework blinders, and sometimes I have to ignore my kids. Alternately, I do have the flexibility to go to their sporting events or take them wherever they need to be rather than hire someone else to do it, which I know people do. I know some moms who prefer to work in an office so they can talk to other grownups and have some time to gear up/decompress between home and work. Being a working mom can be tough regardless of where you work.

  2. Nina says:

    I had worked from home for a few hours when my eldest was a baby all through his toddlerhood. I agree that it’s so different from working at the office or working for yourself at home. I often had to keep checking in at work and make sure I was available if they needed anything. I now have my own business and no longer work for a boss or employer, so this is different as well. They all definitely have their pros and cons!

    • Carlie says:

      I was so clueless when I had my first I didn’t even arrange for childcare! (I worked in a family business at that time so it was very flexible, but I still needed to put in time and it is so hard when you’re torn between the two!) What kind of work do you do now? Do you have childcare or work around your kids’ schedules? Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. dcarnes says:

    I’ve never telecommuted regularly, only dreamed about it. I’m so glad you’ve made it work; I know it’s not easy as often the expectations can be even greater than going into an office every day.

    • Carlie says:

      Hi Debra, I think you are right about the expectations. I was trying to think when was the last time I took a sick day? So there’s that. And then there’s the assumption that you’re always around to bring something to school someone forgot or sign for that package and so on. But overall, it’s good for me because I can juggle more than I could than if I had to commute to an office (and all that entails, like getting dressed!)

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