Part of the reason I accepted my new job was due to the ability to work from home. Not only would that be convenient & save money on gas, but we realized that I would be able to keep our daughter home with me during the day. Of course, this saves a lot of money on daycare costs as we were paying upwards of $200 per week for her full-time care. Plus, we were paying for before & after school care for our son which was another $100 a week.
In theory, this seemed like a good idea but I was slightly skeptical. How would I be able to handle an almost 3 year old while still putting in 8 solid hours of work?
Today was day 1 and I’d have to say, I impressed even myself. It went quite smoothly. Like any normal day, I got the kids up and ready for their day. I dropped my son off at his bus and then came back home with my daughter. Throughout the day, we were able to find a good balance. She coloured, made “pizza’s” out of playdough and played dress-up. Since she’s toilet trained, it definitely helped that she no longer requires me to come to the bathroom with her when she has to go.
When I took a lunch break, we sat at the table and ate lunch together. Then she went down for a nap. Once she woke up, it was time to go pick up her brother from the bus again. Once we got home I had another 30 minutes or so of work so I set the kids up with a snack & a movie until I finished up. It worked out perfectly and not only was I able to provide my daughter with the attention she needs, I completed all my work.
I did have a slight fear when we made this decision – how would I balance my day? Is it possible to be a SAHM & still work 8 hours a day at the same time? Obviously I have the huge advantage of a job that even allows that possibility. However, I still had my fears.
The fact that today was a huge success gives me a lot of relief. This is going to work out quite well I believe. I’m sure we’ll have to play with our routine a bit over the next couple of weeks but to know that it can be done really makes me feel like I made the right choice. I feel so lucky that I have a job that I love and am able to spend more time at home with my kids. This has been a very exciting year for us and most days, I do really feel like I’m living the life.