Once upon a time, we lived in a world where women were bound to housewife duties, men were expected to bring in the dough and children were taught to be seen and not heard. Fast forward fifty years, and we are here in the 21st century- an era where technology and the internet have vastly changed our perspectives and choices on life. No longer are we expected only to be a stay at home or working parent, but instead, we can choose to be the epitome of both- the work at home parent. So what can you do to work towards choosing a life as a work at home parent?
Build your skill set:
Whether it is learning a new skill set online or diving into a world where the profession is purely online, you are going to need to expand your knowledge. Find reputable sources and courses and begin to build your repertoire. This may come in the shape of an online course, where you may even learn something unique such as lean manufacturing, or it may take the form of a beauty course where you would learn how to apply the latest Too Faced palette. Whichever information you desire, ensure that you take the time to properly learn the skills to improve your chances of being able to work from home.
Manage your time:
Having a newborn or toddler at home can be hard to manage when you are on time restraints. Set aside time per day to achieve your goals but always keep in mind that children may come with their own set of surprises. Whether it’s sickness, teething or your little one just needing their mum, it’s good to be open to the idea of moving around your schedule for the day. Some days will be easier than others, and you may manage to achieve more- others will be tough. Try to have your little workstation so that the kids learn when mum/dad are at work and when it’s time to play.
Have a support network:
By choosing to not only be a parent but to have a career, you have selected to have two full-time jobs essentially. This is going to be tough, so it’s essential to have a support network you can rely on when things are all getting a bit much. Whether that be your partner, your friends, or your family, you need a range of people you can turn to in times of need. You might need someone to look after your child if you have to work into the night on a project, or maybe you just need someone to vent to if work has been stressful. It's important to have a few close friends or family to remind you to take it easy every now and again.
There you have it, a few tips for those who decide to take on a career alongside the full-time job of being a parent. Above all, remember to be kind to yourself and never forget why you’re doing it all in the first place.