Confessions of a Work from Home Dad
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As anyone who is a regular reader of Frugal Rules knows, Mrs. Frugal Rules and I run our own business and do so from the convenience of our home. There are many perks to be found in running your own business, like not having to be confined to a cubicle all day but, then again, we lose out on nice perks like a 401k and paid vacation.
Thrown in to that mix, for me at least, is that I am a work from home Dad – which has its own perks and drawbacks. While I may not be a stay at home Dad in the truest sense, being a work from home Dad has its own unique issues that must be dealt with. We actually discussed this quite a bit before I took the plunge in early 2012 as to if I could really work from home and do so effectively and efficiently.
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Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids. I would die for them and I’d kill for them. There is little I wouldn’t do for them, but having three little ones age six and under running around while trying to write and work on marketing plans can make life just a bit on the interesting side. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of my confessions of a work from home Dad. If confessionals are your thing, then you can check out my other confessional posts:
So, without any further ado, here are some of my work from home Dad confessions:
- I have grown to have an unhealthy hatred of certain cartoons and shows. If I ever see another freaking Dora episode I just may lose it!
- Those typos you see aren’t necessarily bad grammar, just the result of typing with one hand because I am breaking up a fight between the two oldest little Frugal Rules.
- I have grown to love getting up at 5:00 am or earlier as it’s the best time to get work done.
- Diaper changing time is much preferred to dealing with a nasty client.
- It’s amazing that lines from Jake and the Neverland Pirates never end up in blog posts.
- There’s nothing quite a like a lunch break with your kids to make a stressful day go away.
- Yes I have worked in my pajamas all day and likely will again.
- Even though our youngest likes to climb to the top of my office (aka the dining room table) and play with my computer he is still more mature than my previous self-grooming cube neighbor. He smells better too. 😉
- It can be a little eye opening to see the oldest two Frugal Rules’ play on their toy laptops for longer than a few minutes – they have the attention of a fruit fly.
- I love that I can have a cold one with lunch if it’s been that kind of day.
- For some reason, kids don’t understand that having three separate conversations at once isn’t conducive to writing.
- Taking a “free day” is much easier now and I absolutely love that I don’t have to clear it with anyone beforehand.
- Mrs. Frugal Rules is MUCH better at handling it all then I am. If it wasn’t for her, I’d be in the fetal position in the corner sucking my thumb.
- I am all for art. Granted, I suck at it and don’t particularly enjoy it – but it’s amazing what can be used to “finger paint”…yeah, NASTY!
I know that some of my confessions may sound a bit on the complain-y side (if that’s even a word), just being honest. If I’ve learned anything throughout this whole process of being at home and running a business, it’s the importance of rolling with the punches on all levels of life as life is too short to not roll with it all.
At the end of the day, while being a work from home Dad does pose its own unique challenges, I love it. I absolutely love that I get the privilege of being home with them and have the opportunity to build into them on an ongoing and daily basis. Yes, I do wish there were days that it would be just a little quieter, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Being around my kids all day is a refreshingly good thing that has come out of me leaving the grind last year.
Ok, so now you have my confessions of being a work from home Dad. What challenges do you think you’d face working from home? What cartoon do you hate?
John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.
Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.
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