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The Top 10 Benefits of Working From Home with Kids
Being a stay at home mom opens up all sorts of opportunities. While your child naps, or goes to school, or one naps and the other is in school, you get to choose what you want to do with the extra time.
And, no, I don’t mean simply what you want to cook or should be cleaning. I’m talking about following your passions, or earning extra money – without even leaving the comfort of your own home!
Wouldn’t that be amazing!? To work from home, from your computer or your phone?
Choose your own hours, set your own schedule; all while doing what you want, when you want!
Care for your little ones and make a little extra money, or a lot extra, with doing something you actually love!
It may seem too good to be true, huh? Well, with the right resources and some hard work, you could make it happen!
I know, I know, it’s not always that easy.
My 2 year old is trying to give up her naps, too. And, I get up at 3am every morning to write or work on my blog in some way; but it’s totally worth it, even though I’m not really making much money, yet! But, there’s always the possibility of making money, and you don’t even need a blog to do so; it takes awhile to make money blogging, unlike other work at home opportunities. I just love having my own website and writing!
And, let me tell ya why you should!!!
Be Your Own Boss
Sure, with being a stay at home mom you don’t necessarily have a boss. Like, it might feel like your kids may try to boss you around, but they’re just trying to tell you their needs. Eventually, they will grow up; probably sooner than you’d like!
And, when that time comes, you may feel the pressure to start making some money yourself. Whether it’s internal pressure, or a little pressure from your spouse. Even if it’s just so you’re not always alone all day, to give you something purposeful to do, or to help you feel more accomplished and productive during your day.
Believe me, you are meant for more than just changing diapers, cooking, and cleaning. And, you don’t need a boss to tell you what to do either! You can be your own boss when you work from the comfort of your own home!
Or, who knows, you may grow a large work at home business and be the boss of others, even before your kids start school!
Follow Your Passions
Being a full time mom, whether we work or stay at home (I’ve done both after having children); we tend to lose ourselves a little, and that includes losing some of our passions in life. With long days, and longer nights with babies; it can be hard to think of anything else. Anything for ourselves just goes right out the window.
This can come from not having time or from mom-guilt. We no longer feel like what we want to do, or what we’re passionate about is important enough to pursue.
Choosing to work from home, and online, can help you follow your passions in life, and give you a reason to focus on what you want, again! This will depend a little bit on what your passions are, but there are almost limitless possibilities when it comes from working from home!
If you love to write, you can freelance write, or create a blog and write what you want. Or, write that book you’ve always dreamed of writing.
Are you good with photoshop or taking pictures? Other people online will actually pay you to use those skills! Amazing, isn’t it?
And, if you’re only able to work 2 hours a day, or 3 hours every other day; you can still make it work!
It can be hard to believe that you can do something you love and get paid for it. But, guess what, other people are already doing it! And, there’s plenty of room for more!
It Will Make You Feel More Important
Let’s face it, being a stay at home mom isn’t that glamorous. And, may not feel like you’re doing important work.
Hard work; yes.
Feels important; not that much.
But, it truly is important what you’re doing!
You are raising the next generation. That generation, however, needs to nap during the day when little, to not be miserable! If they refuse their nap, they still need more sleep than you do, so you can take advantage of that!
What better to do during naps than make yourself feel important, and feel like you’re contributing to the household income, or contribute to bettering the world in some way. There’s a reason they say no one can be an island! And, it’s not that you’re not already doing enough and need to do more. But personally, as a millennial mom, I feel like I need to do it all to make what I’m doing feel important enough to me! Are you the same way?
Connect with Other Adults
I’ve only been a stay at home mom for a little over a year now, my girls are 2 and 5 years old. And, if I don’t work on my blog and connect with others on a regular basis, then I start to lose it a little.
It gets lonely sometimes when the only company you have most days are too young to even go to school, or have a full conversation!
Working from home will help even the most introverted of people make connections with other adults to stay sane. Bonus points for connecting with other work at home mom’s who have the same struggles as you!
Gives You a Reason to Get Dressed in the Morning (other than taking kids to school)
I don’t know about you, but when I became a stay at home, I thought of it as an awesome excuse to stay in pj’s all day long!
We associate pj’s with sleep, being in bed, or relaxing. That is the exact opposite of what you need when you stay home with kids. They have a ton of energy, and being too relaxed will not give you the energy you need to keep up with them.
Ever since I started taking working from home seriously, and actually getting dressed in the morning; I haven’t only been able to get more work done everyday, but I’ve also been able to keep the house clean with more ease, and I’ve been less stressed!!!
Wearing real clothes is like magic for staying productive during the day, which brings me to my next point!
Helps You Stay Productive
Sometimes we just don’t want to do anything, like when we stay in our pj’s all day. This is not healthy, for our minds or our bodies.
Starting a work from home career, or even working a few hours each week, will help you get your butt moving again and be productive.
And, it feels soo much better to be productive than to be lazy! It’s just like if you’re used to lounging around all day, and then start working out everyday; you start to feel better, amazing even, and then you start to crave the exercise everyday!
Same concept with being productive and challenging your brain!
It Will Force You to Keep Learning and Using that Beautiful Brain of Yours
If anyone has ever told you that you can work from home and you don’t need to learn anything new; don’t believe them.
And, don’t let this scare you away either! There is so much that I have learned in the past two years while blogging, it’s astounding. I didn’t even know there was so much to know about blogging, or social media, or even just writing!
Learning new skills and theories will help keep your brain stay young and functioning longer. So, challenge yourself and keep learning all your life; you deserve to!
Working from home can help you do this, whether it’s investing in a new course to learn something new, or reading more books, or watching youtube videos to learn a technical skill online!
Make a Difference in Other’s Lives
The amazing thing about working from home is that you can actually make a difference in someone else’s life; maybe even more so than working outside the home. I guess it depends on where you would work, or what you would do.
When I write on my blog; I write to help out other moms who may be struggling through the same things I am, or things I once struggled with. Wouldn’t it be awesome to know that what you do online could help others, or actually matter!?!
Make Use of What You Already Know (You have to use it so you don’t lose it!)
If you’re like me, and have a fancy college degree (that you’ve never used before), this could be your chance to prove it’s use!
Or, even if you don’t have a college degree, you have a life full of experiences, and you have children! The experiences you go through in life are enough to help others. Whether it’s helping others do what you have done, to make life easier or better; or, by helping them avoid the mistakes you’ve made.
You have knowledge inside of you, and it’s trying to get out! Help it and help others by sharing it with them!
It Will Force You and Your Children to stick to a Daily Schedule
This is a good thing! Daily schedules help us and our children thrive. And, with all the hard work you’ll need to do when working from home, you’ll need specific times to get it all done!
A daily schedule is something I’ve personally been working on all year to perfect. But, guess what, it doesn’t need to be perfect. (I should be telling myself this!) As long as you know what you do and when, and you get to most of the tasks on your to do list; you’ll be set!
If you want to learn more about how you and your child can benefit from a daily schedule, read my post about it here!
So, why not give working from home and earning extra income, and staying sane by connecting with other adults, a more serious thought. Get the bundle and start learning more about the how to’s, and not just the why.
So, do it for yourself, or do it for your family!
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