Working from home and family

I hear so often how lucky I am, that I can work from home and enjoy family life and work  simultaneously. I’m sure all of us who work from home know that that’s not really the case, but there are still “must be nice” comments around every corner, and jealous glares after every “what do you do?”.

So what is the reality? The reality is, there’s dishes to be done and deadlines to meet, there’s a boo boo that needs a bandage and a funnel that needs tweaking! So it’s not at all what it’s cracked up to be. You have to set boundaries that are sometimes (and more often than not) really hard to set, especially when you have to look at your 2 year old and explain to them that even though you are “home” you’re really “at work”. (And try using air quotes with a 2 year old, it really throws them for a loop and they look at you like you’re a crazy person!)

Realistically, working away from home is the easier option. Your boss becomes the bad guy, and you’re just doing your job!

So the next time you hear that someone works from home, bite your tongue a bit, and before being envious and give some props. Stop and think about how creating those boundaries you have to set that allow someone to work from home would affect YOUR family if you had to set them. Can you do it? Would you? Can your 2 year old handle air quotes??

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