There are many wonderful things about working from home. One of the most important is the way that it benefits your family life. You don’t have to miss out on the important things with your spouse, or your children. When you work from home, you are able to make up your own schedule. It’s also much easier to take time off when you need it.
Working from home means that you’re able to take time off to see your child perform in a play at school. You’re able to go to baseball games, you can take the afternoon off to head over the park, or to play miniature golf. During the summer, schedule time to take the kids to the beach or the pool. You are your own boss, when you work from home so you can do this. One of the best parts is being able to see your child off to school in the morning, and being there to greet them after school.
You’re also able to schedule time off when your spouse is off. Have a date night, take off to see a movie in the middle of the day while the kids are in school. Meet for lunch, and have an uninterrupted conversation. It’s much easier to keep communication and romance alive when you actually have time to see one another. In many homes, parents schedules don’t coincide. Parents may work different shifts so someone can be home with the kids at all times. This makes it very difficult to have any time together. The result is a couple that struggles to connect. Often they simply drift apart, being away from one another feels more normal than being together.
Of course, nothing is all sunshine and roses. There are issues when you work from one. One is children disturbing you during the times when you have to focus on work. This is when you must be firm. Explain to the child, or children that you’re working. Unless there is an emergency, you’re not to be disturbed until you come out of your room, office, kitchen chair, or wherever you’ve set up your work space. Buy some fun, interesting, engaging toys to have on hand for these times. Give the children, one or more of the toys, and send them to their rooms to play while you finish up. You can also promise some fun time together once you’re done working.
It’s important that children, friends, and family take your job seriously. When you work from home, people may expect you to be able to drop everything any time they want you to. Boundaries are important, set them from the beginning and the process will be smoother and easier.
If you’re considering making the move to working from home, the pros far outweigh the cons. It’s wonderful to be home so you can care for and enjoy your family. Especially, if you have children. They grow up so fast, it feels like one day you’re taking them to their first day of Kindergarten, and the next you’re at their high school graduation. You can’t get these years back, if you have the chance to work from home and be there for your family, jump at it.