Though the idea of freedom and being home with your children is ideal, being a work at home mom isn’t for everyone. There are many things you should take into consideration when you decide if you want to stay home and work or get a job outside of the home. There are pros and cons to each approach, and in the end, you have to do what is best for yourself and your family.
Working at Home: The Pros
By being a work at home mom, you usually get more time with your family. Most WAHM jobs allow you to set your own schedule so that you can work around meals, doctor’s appointments, baseball practices, and anything else you need to be responsible for when it comes to you and your children. You tend to have the freedom to work in your pajama’s if you want. Plus, the costs associated with working are cheaper, as most WAHMs don’t pay for daycare as well as save money on clothing and gas.
Working at Home: The Cons
Some moms feel (or begin to feel, if they are currently working at home) stifled or “stuck” in this type of arrangement. They may feel that they don’t get time to themselves, as lunches and break times are spent with the children staying home with them. Moms of older children may not feel this as much, but if you have a toddler at home, you probably know what I am talking about! Plus, when you work at home, you never really get to leave your job and the feeling that you need to be at your desk working can nag you even if you want to spend time with family.
Working Outside of the Home: The Pros
Moms who work outside the home may feel a larger sense of freedom because they are able to get out of the house and temporarily away from the demands of the home/family each day. Face to face, adult interaction is more likely for those with an outside the home job, and at the least, it’s easier to obtain since you have co-workers that you can chat with. You may be more likely to “live your work at the door” as you head home each evening to spend time with your family.
Working Outside of the Home: The Cons
Traveling to work can become a huge headache and the amount of gas you put in your vehicle will likely increase if you are a work outside the home mom. The need for daycare may also become apparent, and you may feel guilty or worried as you are away from your child for several hours. It can become an ordeal to schedule time off when your children are sick or have a special event at school that you would like to attend.
These are just some of the generic pros and cons of working at home versus outside the home. Every situation is different, but it’s still something to consider when you are a mom and need to bring in an income to help support your family.