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hello, new here
Mon, 07-07-2003 - 3:13am
I have been a SAHM for at least 6 yrs ( I have 2 boys 3 and 8) anyway we lived with my MIL in order for me to do this, and it was great. Now we live in a different situation, where I manage a storage lot for RV's and boats, in turn we get to live in a big 2 bedroom, 2 bath trailor (on premises). We live here rent free, and utilites free, 3 blocks from the beach. My duties consist of answering the phone (their private line) open the gate when we open, and close the gate at closing time, collect rent money and keeping the books for the storage owner, who happens to also own the hotel my husband is night manager for. It is NOT easy to work from home! We moved in 2 weeks ago, and we are still living out of boxes because I can't "finish" my work! My 3 yr old has not learned yet when mommy is on the phone he has to be quiet for a sec, etc... I want to do a good job, but that means our home life is suffering a bit. I also notice I don't watch tv anymore, haha and I am really tired at night (I used to be a night owl). I guess i'm just wondering if anyone else is working from home, and how do you manage to keep both seperate? I also have clients coming over during business hours (my livingroom is the office) so I have to constantly try to keep the floor free from toys! Yikes! LOL

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Mon, 07-07-2003 - 5:26am
I WAH a little (unfortunately, less than 10 hrs per week right now), and my mom has WAH for years, during some of which she lived with us, so my son has had to learn the same things you're talking about.

It's NOT easy. For me it's the same as why I have to see a movie in a theatre to really watch it...there are so many distractions at home that watching a video is pointless. It's been very difficult not only for my son to get used to but me as well. He is a talker. He talks constantly. It drives me nuts as it is, but even moreso when I'm trying to work. He's having to learn to do whatever he's doing quietly without the running commentary (somehting he needed to learn anyway!LOL) and to quell the curiosity about my phone calls...again, something that he could stand to do regardless of what I'm doing. It really helps that he has Grandma's situation as an example.

I'm not one of the world's great concentrators, so I've had to seriously discipline myself since I started this job. If I go to the bathroom I need to just do what I have to do and go back to work...not let anything catch my eye that could stand to be cleaned or straightened or whatever. The kitchen is even worse....if I go in there for a drink or something I have to really concentrate on the task at hand...or I'll end up seeing something in the refrigerator that needs to be cleaned out, and while I'm at it I'll see that the burner pans need to be cleaned, and then I'll notice that the trash is ready to go out, and next thing I k now I've spent 30 minutes in the kitchen and I'm thinking, "OK, what was I doing?? Oh yeah...WORKING!"

You've only been doing this for a short while, so hopefully once you're settled in it will be a little easier. Moving is never easy and getting things unpacked can be so overwhelming...trying to start a new job at the same time only makes things crazier. Good luck to you!

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Mon, 07-07-2003 - 11:51am
When I WAH I kept it separate by sending my younger children to preschool while I worked. There was really no way for me to get any work done with them around all the time. They were 1,4 when I started WAH. I also felt that they had more stimulation at preschool than they would have had sitting in front of the tv while I worked (and paid no attention to them).