Whether you are a mom in a modern or biological/nuclear family, whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a work-at-home mom, you have a tough balancing act to perform. Balancing work life and family life separately is a daunting task, but for work-at-home moms (and I personally know a few great women who make working at home a part of their daily lives) who walk a fine line daily in order to balance work and family life. Let’s face it, us traditional working mothers are often times envious of the proverbial “stay-at-home” mom and we talk about how work-at-home moms have the best of both worlds and how it is so easy. Granted, they do have the best of both worlds, but at a price. Believe me, I have seen it first hand and quite honestly, although staying with my children and having the flexibility to work from home would be great, I’m not sure I could be as well organized as these women are.
Being a work-at-home mom is tough. Trying to juggle day-to-day work activities and changing pampers at the same time isn’t always a conducive way to get things done. However, these courageous moms find a way. I have watched women conduct conference calls, take notes, schedule meetings, nurse a baby, send a spreadsheet via email and put the baby down for a nap all in one afternoon.
Remember the “price” I spoke about above? Albeit unfairly, most work-at-home moms will experience challenging pressures while walking that tightrope. At times, husbands will take for granted the special skills their wives possess and at other times will confuse working at home with staying at home. This especially holds true if maybe a wife was once a full-time working mom and stepped out on faith to become an entrepreneur. During tough economic or stressful times, these women may be made to feel as if their contribution to the family has waned, which in turn causes resentment in both husband and wife. This is just one example of the ”price” some work-at-home moms pay to have the best of both worlds. Another example is the pressures of finding balance of mixing work with family life. Most of these women are up at the crack of dawn and don’t lie down until the wee hours of the morning in order to get work done just to start over again the next day. Let’s not forget that nothing stops that toddler or infant from waking up in the middle of your conference call, the dishes still have to get done, the laundry folded and dinner prepared. Granted, at the end of the day, some will say that these women “signed up” for their jobs so they should just handle the pressures that come along with it and be grateful that they can stay home with their children and make money at the same time. Yes, they signed up for their jobs, but they also work their behinds off and deserve support from their family members and friends but especially from their spouses.
Research shows that in the past 10 years, there are more women entreprenuers (a lot of which are work-at-home moms) than ever before and the numbers are continuing to grow. Women want to and can do both! So, TMF husbands who have the blessing of having work-at-home wives, throw your support behind the great women you have in your lives. I challenge you to walk that tightrope for one day and step in your wives shoes. I can promise you will be simply amazed at their talents. These women deserve kudos! They are doing it all and their efforts should not go unnoticed.
Today’s Modern Family says “hats off” to all of you work-at-home moms who are doing it all. Especially those who also balance the blended family as well. Keep up the good work!
Peace & Blessings,