Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Working from home. With kids.

So a little over a week ago, I fell off the face of the earth. I haven't tweeted, blog rolled, facebooked, emailed. I have completely neglected all of my e-sponsibilities.

I have been overwhelmed. Exhausted. Stressed to the max.

Because being the masochist I am, I took a job working from home. And I am losing my motherfucking mind.

Basically, working from home while you have little kids at home with you means that you try to ignore your kids for as long as you can get away with before your head (or theirs) explodes. If you are really bad at ignoring them, you get fired. If you are really good at ignoring them, they probably die. You know, because you can't watch Dora the Explorer without the ambience that the warm glow of a microwaved sibling provides.

One thing is for sure, my kids will not go down without a fight. They will be damned if I'm gonna work and they have decided that they are going to make it impossible. This is basically how it has gone.

So I'm figuring it out. Slowly.

But this is basically what it's like to work from home when you have children:

Working from home with kids is beastly. Because you feel like you are failing at parenting and failing at working all at the same time. At best, you strike a balance and are mediocre at both.

It's a little hellish.

So that's where I've been lately.


  1. I occasionally work from home (when there is no choice) with my kids and they're 5 and 9...so I completely commiserate!! Those drawings are awesome!! :D

  2. Thanks for the compliment, Roshni! I don't know how people do this all the time. I'm new, so I'm still trying to figure out how to make it more tolerable and hoping that my kids don't kill themselves in the meantime.

  3. Dammit! I left a comment on this DAYS ago! Did you delete it?? I know you did! I can tell you're that way. Ha! Just kidding...but seriously I did. But I think it had something to do with my phone. But anyway, let me try and recall what I said...but I've had a couple of glasses of wine so bare with me...it was something to the effect of, I hear you...congrats on getting something else goin on but I understand how hard it is and when you get a solution in place will you please let me know? I do bookkeeping for my husband's business and I'm always behind and stressed because it's simply impossible to take care of the kids and focus on payroll, invoices and taxes at the same time. So I just don't. But I try like hell. Hope you're doing better. Now I'm going to read your latest post to see. Hugs (I know that's cliche but shut up, just take the hug already).

  4. I actually never got your comment! Really! Thanks for the hugs, Carol. I still don't have any permanent solution in place, just trying to hang in there. Which has been extra fun because my kids have had the flu this week, so I have been doing double duty AND cleaning vomit.

    I think I might be going bald from all the stress. Seriously. This working from home thing is bananas.