- Posted March 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Work and family: Making it work
Working Makes Mommy Happy
Currently, I am the Director of Marketing & PR for a company called FlexJobs. Since the site is the leading source for finding a job that offers some type of flexibility, including telecommuting jobs, I work from home. My job is part-time, which allows me time to freelance write and run my blogs, BreezyMama.com and ForKidsEntertainment.com.
Oh! And it allows me the time to be the parent art volunteer in my daughter’s third grade class, attend field trips, pick the kids up from school, coach soccer, shuttle them to soccer, baseball, hip-hop and any other interests dejour.
Speaking of those kids, there are five of them. Yes, five, ages 9, 7, 4, and 2 year old twins. Thankful to have a flexible job, I am even happier that my husband does as well. Both working from home in a shared office, we also share the household responsibilities.
It’s not uncommon for him to finish at 6pm, to then take over the kids while I head “back to work” when needed. Having him home means I can leave the house with the other children in the afternoons when I’m done working while our two year old twins nap and also rely on him to let the dishwasher repair man in when I’m off watching little league practice.
Laundry is non-stop and, since I inherited my mother’s talent of turning everything pink, my husband prefers to do it. Yes, you read that correctly.
On Sundays, either one of us or both of us does all the grocery shopping for the week and we decide who will cook what and when and divide up the days accordingly.
Believe it or not, our mornings run fairly smoothly as our 9 year old is independent, for the most part, in making sure she is dressed, fed and ready to go, while my husband and I remind the 7 year old and “daddy” gets the four year old dressed and fed while I do the same for the twins.
Truth be told, we are a team. It’s not always perfect and there are challenges along the way, but having a remote job removes the added layer of a commute and allows us more day to day time with the kids.
Both my husband and I are incredibly grateful to have our situation and, in my “day” job, I am always happy to see more and more professional opportunities that allow job flexibility that can accommodate other parents as well.
That being said, the most difficult and challenging job I have ever had is motherhood, yet I have never felt so fulfilled and rewarded as I do from being so fortunate to have my children. Able to also have a career is just gravy, since my husband and I have five mouths to feed, but also because, well, I like to work.