When you are a work at home mom, you must decide what work-life balance means and then develop strategies for work/life balance so that you can work without driving yourself and your family crazy. Work must be done and you must give your family good quality time and good quantities of time. It is a balancing act that you must figure out for yourself.
It is not easy to be a work at home mom. When your home also houses your office space, it may be hard to take care of work without ignoring your obligations at home and hard to take care of home without ignoring your obligations at work. When trying to figure our how to balance work and home, it is important to realize there is no one size fits all solution. Balance means different things to different people. Additionally, the balancing act changes based upon the obligations a person has at a particular time. For example, if you have a big project due for a client or the business is at a critical juncture for some reason, the priority will be at work rather than at home. If your spouse is ill, it is graduation time for one child and prom season for another, your priority will be on things close to home and work will be put on the back burner for a time.
When balancing two areas of responsibility, it is important to note that balance does not mean things get divided 50/50. The following story illustrates the point perfectly;
If my husband and I need to move a table that weighs 100 pounds, we will need to work together. At my best, I can only life 40 pounds at a time. My husband can lift 60 pounds with ease. If we both use our best efforts, we can move that table all day every day and twice on Sundays. If my husband wants me to do work that is equal to his work, we will never move the table. I cannot lift the 50 pounds. But I can lift the 40 pounds all day long. So, dividing the job 50/50 will not work. In this case a 50/50 plan is not a balancing scheme that will work. In this case, real balance mean more work will be done by one side than the other.
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