Working From Home With Kids

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Pulling Curls

Becoming a realtor is a GREAT option for moms who want to work from home.

I am lucky enough to work from home and I would recommend it for ANY mom (or dad, for that matter). 

There were a number of boxes that I need ticked for me to consider a "work from home" job a good fit fore me. The most important thing was that It needed to be FLEXIBLE. It also needed to be able to make REAL money (not 100$ / week "side hustle" type thing). 

Realtor certainly ticks both of those boxes. 

As a work from home mome, my average day looks like this:

You might be thinking that as a work from home mom, I get to do whatever I want all day. I guess it's SORT of true, I mean I DO want to be with my babies all day... but I definitely don't have much me time. 

We get up between 9 and 10 am. (Yes I know that's amazing!) My husband leaves the house at 7 am but both kids and I sleep much later. This is partly because our kids don't go to bed early - but that's what works best for us!

My son and I spend some lazy cuddle time watching his TV shows and we eat breakfast. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, and it's something I would definitely miss out on if I had to get him ready and drop him off at daycare each morning. 

My daughter sleeps longer than he does - she joins us about an hour later. This works perfectly for me because if she sleeps in a little longer than he does, they both nap at the same time (and THAT is when I sneak in my work). 

When it's apparent it's time to shut the TV off - generally marked by some whining or general losing interest in what we are watching, we do a quick tidy of the kitchen and living room areas. If I was not at home durring the day, it would be nearly impossible to keep our home clean, but because I have time to tidy built right into my day, it's no problem.

The kids go down for a nap around 130. 

Once the kids are alseep, THIS is when I race to the computer and get my work done. I have to make sure I am FOCUSED, because 1.5-2 hours per day is not really much time... but as long as I don't get distracted I can usually accomplish a good bit of my to-do list.

I have to be careful not to spend my work time cleaning, or getting distracted by other at-home type tasks. That's the one real risk of working from home - no seperation from your OTHER to-do list.

My husband works late so while the kids do generally sleep till around 4, we still have a few hours to kill before our evening starts. We try to squeeze some fun toddler activities into this time, and we also try to get out if we can. 

Most days we get out of the house and see my granma for coffee, or go to visit my sister and her kids. IF we need groceries we head to the store and spend some time wandering up and down the isles and eating berries. (This might sound boring, but I actaully just love spending non-rushed time with my babies). 

Sometimes, if we need a bath, we spend 45 minutes playing in the tub. 

Once daddy gets home we have a late dinner (which is fine, because we have generally had lunch around 33:30 or 4 when nap ended). 

A couple times per week I sneak in a few extra hours of work after dinner. I suppose if you were showing homes, you would schedule most of your appointments for the evening when your partner was home, and do paperwork during naptime. 

A day in the life of a work from home mom is not glamorous - it is not all sitting around and drinking coffee with my friends or napping all day.... but it sure does beat going out to work in my opnion!

 

 

Comments (1)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hilary, have friends who are REALTORS with kids, and it can be quite the juggling act.

Mar 07, 2019 05:01 PM