- EP Motivating
- I started working at home because
it enabled me to return to the work force a year earlier than
planned, before my son started preschool. I'm able to set my
own hours and work totally from the office.
- EP Rewards:
- Although our household budget
is challenged by the lack of an additional income, my husband
and I agree it is definitely worth a few sacrifices. When you
stay at home to raise your kids, you don't seem to need lunch
money, working wardrobe, or day care fees. If you are creative,
you find bartering systems for babysitters, are able to go to
work in playclothes, and learn to like pbj every day of your
life. And it's so rewarding to watch your kids at work or play,
and secretly catch them being good.
- EP Advice:
- Work around your children's
schedule. Provide special toys/activities for your children that
are only to be used while you are working, such as a basket of
toys or a desk beside your computer. This keeps them mildly distracted
while you do a small bit of work. Use naptime to make phone calls,
and Mom's Day Out is a great time for running errands. If you
work around your kids, rather than expect them to work around
you, things run much smoother.
- Also, don't be afraid to take
the risk -- with a minimal investment, you don't
have much to lose except your efforts. And you will never know
if it could be unless you try!