Yesterday I shared with you some of the things I missed about working 9 to 5 so today I thought I would flip the coin and tell you what I don’t miss.
- Office Gossip
- Being too tired to play with my children in the evening
- Having to look for childcare
- Spending the weekend doing household chores
- Having to get home and start cooking late in the evening
- Office Politics
- Have to dress appropriately
- Having to take orders
You might have a couple more that you could add to this list too. When I think about my life as a stay at home mom and a freelancer I think about how lucky I am. I get to take my children to school every day. If they are sick I am at home to look after them. I don’t spend my entire weekend catching up on housework and I don’t have to look for childcare when my children are on holidays.
I missed out on a lot of things with my daughter Emma during her first couple of years because I was working. It wasn’t too bad for me because my mother was looking after her but still I missed out. I didn’t miss a thing with my son Conor. I was here for his first word, first step, first fall and more.
Being a freelance writer allowed me to take Emma to school on her first day and to stay for as long as she needed me. I didn’t have to rush off to get to work. I get to sit with Emma every day after school and do her homework and her reading. We get to play outdoors before dinner much more.
These are little things that we take for granted but children grow up so quickly and in the blink of any eye you can miss out on something important. You always hear people talking about doing things with their children when they get older but the realistic side of things is that your children won’t want to do things with you when they get older. They will want to discover themselves. Now is the time and the younger your children the more time they want to spend with you.
I have often had days where I have wanted so much to get client work done and been frustrated when my children wanted to play. When this happens all I have to do is remind myself why I chose to be a stay at home freelance writer in the first place.
What do you think? Do you have an opinion on all of this?
Until next time,
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