How Working from Home Makes Single Motherhood Easier
With the everyday demands of single motherhood, commuting to and from your soul-sucking 9 to 5 can get pretty complicated. Like getting caught in the evening traffic on the way home, with not enough time to prepare and cook dinner for my family. Another example, having to take off work for a few days because one of the kids get sick or when you know you need the extra overtime but you can't get a sitter.
While it is important for us to work to support the dynamics of our family, working a regular office or whatever job just isn't cutting it. And for those moms who have next to no family or co-parent support working from home is definitely a single motherhood game changer.
Once I became a single parent. I loathed getting home completely exhausted and not feeling like making a home cooked meal so I opted for take-out for convenience. Or being way too tired for a simple conversation with my kids. I even dreaded them asking me to read them a book before bed because all I wanted to was crash.
These days my life is so different. I am way more hands-on and always up-to-date with what's going on with my kids either at school or daycare. If you've been struggling with whether or not to work from home, read on to understand why you should. It's definitely made me a better mother.
Get to be with the kids more
Before I started working primarily at home I probably spent a total of 3 to 4 hours a day with my kids during the week and 8 hours total on the weekends. Now, I'm loving that I get to be with my kids more. Having to always make plans for someone else to pick up your kids from day/after school care or watch them on the weekends is a huge inconvenience.
Getting my kids to and from school absolutely makes my day. I get to hear about their day from their teachers first hand, instead of a chopped and screwed version from my mom. I honestly look forward to those mini-conferences with their teachers, because it allows me to address bad habits and behaviors with my children.
More Home Cooked Meals
Since I started working from home we're eating more home-cooked meals. I don't particularly care to cook every night, so I'll usually cook just about every other day. Sundays, we usually have dinner at my mom's, so I'll cook Monday, leftovers for Tuesday and so on.
The only days I order out are Friday's and Saturday. I get to get the meal prep done before getting the kids from daycare, which saves a ton of time and allows me to multitask and focus on other things like the kids' homework.
Lately, I've been scheduling all my family's meals with a meal planner and it helps me determine what food to make and what nights to cook on. Using a meal planner has helped me be more organized and I love planning ahead.
Never Having To Worry About Coming Home To a Mess
One thing I dreaded coming home to after work was a messy home. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary from the outside world, and it can definitely make your mood a bit sour coming home to a mess (unless you could care less, then this part isn't for you lol). When you're spending everyday commuting an hour to and from work, then getting the kids settled.
The last thing you'll want to do is cleaning up your home. There's never enough time in the day when you have work, help kids with homework, get dinner set, laundry, and your own homework, if you're taking classes. When you just think about that to-do list, you can get discouraged and overwhelmed.
When you work from home you're able to tackle your to-do list while you work. I love this! Before I start work I can load the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer, fold clothes, and make my kids beds. A made bed is an inviting one. And if you work downstairs, you'll be able to keep your living space nice and tidy as well. One less thing to stress about at the end of your day.
Cutting Down on Expenses Like Gas, Ubers and Public Transportation
I don't know about you, but I hate paying for gas especially more than once a week. If you're a mom taking public transportation, I know you're over this shit too. As a single mom, I'm constantly looking for ways to clean up my budget. So you can probably guess that I was thankful not having to fill up twice a week.
When you work from home, the majority of your transportation funds are used to go to the grocery store, errands, run the kids to and from school. While you still have those things to do, you're still saving a nice chunk of change by not hitting the highway everyday.
Though working from home can be a tad stressful when you have little ones home, I still think it's a single mom game changer. I wouldn't want it any other way. There will always be emergencies that come up or sick days for the little ones. Or even sick days for yourself. It'll be nice to battle your cold or whatever from the comfort of your own home while still being able to work.
Also, grab your free weekly meal and grocery planner today. Create your weekly meal plan, and make out your grocery list on the same page. The best part about having an all in one, referring to your list at the grocery store for the dinners you've penciled in.
So, if you like to plan ahead like me use this for starters and keep me posted via firstname.lastname@example.org on how meal planning and working from home is working out for you and your family. Or just join me in my Rockin' Single Motherhood Facebook community. Hope to see you in there!
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I'm Daisha Renee; single mama, foodie, and lover of yoga. Here on my blog I write about the challenges navigating life as a single mother while suffering with depression. I also provide tips to help with overwhelm and practical solutions for single parenting.