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Working from Home — Not for Everyone

By Fredrica Syren:

I work from home so I can be home with my kids while they are young. When I tell people this, they either envy me or work-at-home-momthink I’m crazy. I did not always work from home, though. When my oldest was 10 months old, I started working part-time and then full-time for a while. Once my second child came along 3 years ago, I started working from home.

The fact is that working from home or being a stay-at-home mom is not for everyone. I don’t ever want anyone to feel guilty when talking to me because they chose to go to work outside their home. I’m not a supermom or a superwoman. Sure I tell everyone that my commute is great and I can do it in my pajamas or sweat pants if I choose. I love that I don’t have to rush off each morning or be stuck in traffic. However, working from home requires dedication and motivation, and — if kids are around — lots and lots of patience. I can’t turn on the TV for a favorite show or the news. I can’t spend time chatting with friends. And I can’t take a nap. It’s a balance for me to get work done between caring for kids, picking them up from and dropping them off at school, and making breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. So I have to be ready to work and to get as much done as possible in the little time available during the baby’s nap and after the kids are asleep at night.

Working-from-homeMy office is located anywhere in the house, with my laptop, my mobile device and, of course, the wireless Internet. On a really nice day, I have a great view from my office because it’s outside in the garden. I can attend “meetings” in my underwear if I wish. I can have a lunch date with my kids, which is fun because they think everything I say is funny, rewarding me with endless hugs and kisses. Sometimes, though, I have to trade in my lunch hour for a quick shower or do other things I need to accomplish.

For me, working from home is a great option because I’m a good planner and self-starter who can focus well during the times I have to work. I’m not bothered by dust bunnies or dishes. I’m good at turning off the outside world, and I’m ok with putting work off until late at night because of attending the kids’ activities or tending to them when they’re sick.

Sure, things get a little hairy sometimes when I’m pressured by a deadline or emails or phone calls. There are days I’m just dying for an adult conversation. And I don’t get sick days. But, for me the choice is right. That said, it does amuse me when people just assume my life is easy because I’m a stay-at-home mom and work from home. I have never worked as hard as when I work from home.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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8 comments

  1. One of the main reasons I wanted to work from home was so that I wouldn’t lose those precious years with my children. What is the point of going to work so you can pay a day care to raise your kids? You will never get those years back!

  2. I agree working from home is not for everyone it takes hard work and dedication I also work from home and it is the greatest experience ever I don’t have to get up and rush to work for my boss

  3. Working from home isn’t easy but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only am I there for my family when they need me but I also noticed that working from home can add up to huge savings that can go to other aspects of one’s life (commuting can run close to a hundred thousand dollars over a ten-year period).

    Great post, Fredrica! Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you Gianna, Christopher and Faye,
    It’s great to see and hear from other people working from home. I agree that for me working at home so I can spend more time with my kids was the right thing and I also know that’s it’s not for everyone and I do not judge them for that choice. We all do what is right for us. Thanks for all your comments.

  5. mary jo hildebrandt

    hello i work from home and its very rewarding i love it hugs to you and have a nice evening

  6. How do you find work from home positions? I would love to be able to do this.

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