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Why Work-at-Home Parents Have the Best and Hardest Job

by Allie Garcia

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My schedule is flexible.

In my previous 8am-3pm job, my work hours were set in stone. Working from home gives me the benefit of working some set hours and having freedom with the others. I am able to wake up early, while my family is still sleeping, and do a couple of hours of work. In the evening, my husband and I get to cuddle on the couch while I create lessons for my online classroom.

I can often manipulate my schedule so that I can fit in midday doctor’s appointments or lunchtime mini-playdates. It also means that no hour of the day is off limits for work, and I often find myself working late into the night and into the wee hours of the morning.

I get to work from the comfort of my home.

It truly is amazing how much I get done in my house some days! I get to enjoy my husband’s delicious cooking for breakfast every day, I don’t have to plan ahead for lunches, and I am able to throw dinner in the crockpot. Granted, there are days that I realize that its already 2pm and I haven’t brushed my teeth, but I usually work with a fresh cup of coffee by my side and my sweatpants on, so I consider it a win.

But, working in my house has the heavy burden of constantly feeling like I need to unload the dishwasher, organize the playroom, or any of the other myriad of things that a person is responsible for in their own home.

I am both co-breadwinner and homemaker. I make a paycheck, kiss boo-boos, refill sippy-cups, and type away at my laptop day and night. On easier days (of which there are many), I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to raise my child. On difficult days (of which there are many), I am reminded that this is such a short season of my life. A season that I will look back on and be strengthened by my perseverance, proud of myself for being both a full-time employee and full-time mama.

Allie Garcia has worked for the last seven years in the field of special education as teacher, mentor and online instructor. She has a masters degree in special education and was awarded as Clark County School District's New Teacher of Year. In January 2014, her life was forever changed by the birth of her baby, Mila Skye. On most days, Allie can be found changing diapers, having kitchen dance parties, and laughing at toddler antics with her sweet husband and crazy puppy in Henderson, Nevada.

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