Things have changed since the 1950’s where Dads would go off to work and Moms would stay home to care for the kids and the house. In a 2017 Employment Characteristics of Families Summary provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is reported that both the husband and wife were employed in 48.3 percent of families; in 19.1 percent of married-couple families only the husband was employed, and in 7.1 percent only the wife was employed. With technology evolving, it has allowed many parents to be granted the luxury of working from home. But does this mean their work is easier since they are punching the clock from home?
Working while taking care of children and tracking time
You may be a parent that works from home and also taking care of your child or children at the same time. This seems to have become a common practice among couples with children. While the cost of living and other expenses continue to increase, it is difficult to provide and support a household based on one income these days. This has resorted to a parent working from home so he or she can play employee and parent roles all at the same time.
Parents who punch the clock from home while watching over their little ones seem to find it a lot more difficult than it would be to actually work at a physical location of employment. They have to track their time accordingly so they are getting work finished, taking care of their child and everything in between. We are only given so many hours in a day and unfortunately it does not ever seem to be enough. This is especially true when it comes to the amount of quality time we have left to spend with our children. An article released by Flexjobs reports 75% of both genders say they do not have enough time for their children. This is a bit saddening isn’t it?
The pros and cons for parents that work from home
Everything we do in life tends to have pros and cons, right? Well, this is no different when it comes to a parent working from home while taking care of their kiddos. Below I am going to list a few pros and cons that will allow you to understand a little more of both sides of the fence so-to-speak.
5 pros for parents working remotely:
- Increased time to spend with their children.
- Reduced babysitting and daycare expenses.
- Less money spent on traveling to work.
- Having the peace of mind knowing their children are being cared for in a way they want.
- The ability to properly track their time worked and time management.
5 cons for parents working remotely:
- The possibility of being less productive due to attending to their children.
- Unable to balance time equally and efficiently.
- Trouble focusing and multi-tasking.
- Limited resources to accomplish specific tasks.
- Feeling overwhelmed and/or stressed.
These are only a few pros and cons, and I do understand there are plenty more to add, but it is important to know that not everyone feels the way I do. So I thought it was acceptable to keep it short and sweet.
Should you work from home or not?
With more working parents these days, it is challenging to say what is best for you and what fits your stay at home schedule. As a parent myself, I can honestly say it is important to spend as much time with your children as possible, but we also have to do what is required of us to support them.
My personal recommendation is to not be afraid to take risks as long as you have a fall-back plan. If thought out and planned properly, it is possible for you to be a parent and have more stay at home activities. Be sure to have a good balance of work and parenthood. This can be established by tracking your hours worked as an employee and as a parent. Sit down, weigh out your options, and explore the opportunities to become a parent that punches the clock from home. I wish you the best of luck in your decision making process and future goals.