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WAHM Writer and Editor

Share Your Story: How I Became a WAHM

By Katherine

I've Been Working at Home Since...

June, 2001

Before I Worked From Home I....

I was an editor at a national magazine.

What I Do From Home

I am a freelance editor and writer. I write for various national publications and websites, covering a variety of topics including parenting and health.

How I Got Started as a WAHM (or WAHD)

I first decided to become a WAHM after the birth of my son. I had intended to go back to work as a full-time editor, but after spending a few weeks with my son, I knew I wasn't going to be able to go back to work on a full-time basis (and there was no part-time position available). I informed my supervisor right away, but they told me to take the rest of my leave since they felt I'd earned it--a gesture for which I am still grateful to this day.

I eventually went back to work part-time after my son turned 5, but when I was let go during a round of lay-offs I decided to become a WAHM again. I feel blessed that I'm able to work from home, and haven't looked back since. There are definitely days when I'm juggling laundry and deadlines and taking care of my son, and I'm so exhausted that I fall asleep at my desk. But I know I'm lucky to be able to have a job that allows me to be home so that my son can come and give me a hug when he wants some mom time.

Advice

  • The biggest lesson I learned is that it's never perfect, no matter what sort of work situation you choose. Whether you work full-time outside the home, part-time at a workplace, or full-time at home, it's always a struggle trying to juggle work and family. There are benefits and drawbacks to each situation, and all the moms and dad I know are trying their best to do their best with whatever job situation they have.

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