One of the aspects of my life I haven’t really talked about on this platform is my role as both a career woman and a mom.
I read and hear about the challenges and joys for working moms and stay at home moms, but I never really hear much about us part-timers. I consider myself both a working mom and a stay at home mom. For those that don’t know, I work part-time (three full days a week) in public relations. I do all the PR, marketing and social media for my city (suuuch a fun gig!).
I’m soooo fortunate to be able to work part-time in an amazing job that is two minutes from my house. And I’m equally fortunate to be able to stay at home with my sweet baby girl two days a week.
Although this setup works great for us in this stage of our life, being a part-time working mom and part-time stay at home mom definitely presents its own challenges though.
One of the biggest challenges is feeling like you aren’t giving enough of yourself to either your job or your family. When I’m at work I feel like a chicken with my head cut off, running all around trying to play catch up and stay ahead. I have that same feeling on my days at home, trying to juggle quality time with L but also trying to get some basic household chores done. I often feel anxious that I’m not doing enough on my days at work and vice versa on my days at home.
Some weeks I work over my regularly scheduled hours, which means less time for my family and that is always really hard on me. (Thankfully I have a stud of a hubby who picks up the slack and takes care of L, the dog and the household.) And then other weeks (like this one), my family demands more attention and I have to give less at work.
Another big challenge of being a part-time working mom and part-time stay at home mom is finding time for myself. It’s really important for me to be fully committed to my job and to be fully present at home. That leaves very little time for me and that wears on me over time. And I’m definitely someone who loves my me time and my hobbies.
But this arrangement definitely has its plusses. For one, I get to spend two days at home every week, just me and L, which is amazing. And, on the flip side I get to do work I love, in a city I love, with some pretty stellar human adults. I get my dose of motherhood and my dose of adult interaction every other day and for me, that’s perfect.
We spend a lot less on childcare since I’m home twice a week. Childcare is ridiculously expensive and I feel for you families who spend a fortune on it when there is no other option.
I have more time to blog and produce creative content with this arrangement. When I was working full time I only had time on the weekends to write blog posts and take pictures. Now I can work on some of my blogging during L’s naps and on the weekends.
I also get to spend more time with my family on my days at home with L. In the summer that means going to the zoo or swimming at my parents with my siblings and nephews. In the winter that means shopping with my mom or going to the aquarium with my nephews. I’m definitely one who needs my family close and to see them often so I’m grateful we are in a position where I can do this.
This is definitely a topic I love to talk about, so please reach out if you have questions, comments, etc. Whether you work full time, part-time, or stay at home, all of us are doing the best we can with the resources we have and all of us mamas are in this together.