The Perks of Being a WAHM

 

 

I get to drink herbal teas that I crafted myself from my favorite coffee mug. 


I get to stop work and get some much needed cuddles from my kids . 


I can breastfeed Little a, while potty training Big A, while submitting articles for publication, all at the same time!


I don’t ever have to get out of my pajamas, if I don’t want to (but I usually do). 


I can eat a brownie for lunch without being judged by my co-workers. 


I can go to a friend’s yard and pick weeds all day long and call it “work”. 


I can watch documentaries (or Charmed) all day while working without getting reprimanded.


I get to write, work with herbs, and spend time with my family – 3 of my favorite things to do. 


I don’t have to commute and get stuck in traffic on a regular basis. 


I can raise my children while also maintaining a career. 


I can share what knowledge I have in order to help others, while at the same time, also gaining new knowledge from the people I interact with. 


There are many downsides to working from home while raising children, but the positives totally outweigh the negatives for me. I love what I do, I love that I get to actively be involved in my children’s lives, and I also love the flexibility that being a WAHM provides for me.

 

What are some of the perks you enjoy from being a work-at-home parent? 

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2 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a WAHM

  1. Right now I’m doing data entry for a friend. And I’m up for a job that would have me working part time from home, providing breastfeeding support to new mothers. Apparently that whole decade plus I spent nursing, came in handy for something!

    But what I’m finding is that I have time to clean my house, I have time to work, and I have time to be there for my kids. But I don’t have time to do all of those things. At most I can do two of them. How do you make the time to work? And what is it you do from home?

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    1. Hi Anne! I’m still fixing up the blog, which is why I don’t have more articles on what I do and how I do it.

      I am an herbalist and a freelance writer. Being an herbalist makes it rather convenient to also be a stay-at-home mom, because I can include my children in a lot of what I do.

      My oldest, who is two, will usually help me measure herbs, grind them, infuse them, etc. Both of my children enjoy helping me wildcraft herbs. I usually turn it into a homeschool lesson for them. We’ll go out for 2-3 hours on a nature hike, gather herbs and mushrooms, and talk about the trees, weeds, ecosystems, etc. Then, we’ll come home and prep the herbs and mushrooms for whatever use they’ll be turned into.

      As for when I do herbal consultations or any freelance work, I typically schedule those for after my husband gets off from work, or when he gets home from work. That a way, I have someone there who can help the kids while I can focus on my client. It’s not a perfect system, but it works for now.

      In regards to a clean house, I’m terrible at keeping it clean! My husband helps me out as much as he can. Thankfully my daughter is very neat and always picks up after herself. My son, not so much… Usually we spend one of the days off that my husband has during the week as a sprint cleaning day. Each of us tackles a particular room or area and work quickly to clean it.

      It certainly helps to have a partner and children who are eager to learn what your work is, as well as eager to help you keep the house clean. Getting the kids involved in your work is a great way to entertain them. Also, at the very least, encourage them to pick up after themselves.

      Hope this helps!

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