WORK-AT-HOME MOMS

Thanks to the In­ter­net, en­ter­pris­ing moms can look af­ter their loved ones and a ca­reer with­out leav­ing home.

Southern Living - - Southerners - BY NIÑA LUIGI CHUA CABARDO

For a lot of women, the tran­si­tion from be­ing sin­gle to mar­ried with kids paves the way for some pri­or­ity shifts and ca­reer re-as­sess­ment. When I got mar­ried, I wanted to spend more time with my hus­band who works from home, and also ef­fi­ciently man­age the house­hold. For moth­ers, it’s their de­sire to be phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally present for their new­borns or for their chil­dren’s growingup years. Thus, the con­cept of be­ing a “ work-at-home mom” be­came pop­u­lar for women with their own fam­i­lies, and a prac­ti­cal op­tion, too.

Though there are dis­ad­van­tages, work­ing from home can be very fruit­ful. Jen Tan, pres­i­dent of the on­line busi­ness Next9 baby prod­ucts, has this to say, “A ma­jor ad­van­tage of work­ing from home is re­ally the abil­ity to multi-task. Also, the baby's need to be close to mom is met.”

Work­ing from home also al­lows a woman to be able to man­age her house­hold bet­ter. Free­lance graphic de­signer Jazel Romero-Lu­gay, 39-year-old mom to Gabrielle Ari­ana, 5, at­tests, “ Work­ing from home gave me the time to tend to my daugh­ter's and hus­band's needs. I can do my work at my own pace.” For Ka­t­rina Vil­lareal, 27-year-old free­lance writer, vir­tual as­sis­tant, and mom to Matthew Ben­jamin, 2, the most ap­peal­ing ben­e­fit of work­ing from home is one that most moth­ers can re­late to. “ Your sched­ule can be as flex­i­ble as you want it to be, which means you can spend time with your baby dur­ing the day,” she says.

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