Today I have been giving a lot of thought to one area of working at home that is a little odd.
Typically, we want to work from home so we can stay home with our kids. That is the ideal situation. Over the past week though I have been working really hard to get my blogs redesigned and have needed to spend a lot of hours with them. While I have been so busy Katie has been left pretty much to entertain herself. Which translates into video games and tv since the weather is too cold to be outside. Of course this is not really fun for her so she wants me to stop working and play every ten minutes and I have to say give me a few more minutes to finish up.
So I stop and play and then have to try to pick up where I left off. As this has been going on I remembered a thread in a message board where someone asked about working at home and having your kids in daycare. At the time I thought what a silly idea that is! We work at home so we can BE there with the kids.
Here are my thoughts on it now. I love being here and having the special moments. I love when she first wakes up and cuddles on the couch with me to watch the weather (her favorite channel these days). I love when she learns something new and I am here to see it. I love fixing her breakfast and lunch. I love that I CAN take a break to play catch or baby dolls.
I don't like when I am deeply focused on a project and have to stop to see what she needs or to get interrupted all the time.
So obviously the things I love outweigh the things that I don't like but I can now see the point of some moms putting their kids in daycare so they can get some work done. It is also probably a very nice break for their kids to have other kids to play with and things to do.
For me, I will continue setting a time limit on work and a time limit on fun and I will continue taking breaks to "play".