One thing my children have taught me, via our daycare provider, is “Different families do different things.” Now, imagine a sweet three-year-old voice saying that. Adorable, right? When you make the best decision for YOUR family, there is no right or wrong answer.Different families do different things! Click To Tweet
I’ve been working from home since July of 2014. My job does require me to work away from the house sometimes, however most of my time is spent emailing, making phone calls, planning, editing, I could go on. And I do this from the comfort of my home. Personally, I need to be able to completely focus on the task at hand, otherwise I may start five different projects before finishing one. This, in turn, means that it doesn’t work for me to have my children at home during this time.
It’s not fair to them when I have deadlines to meet and can’t be active with them during the day so I send them off with an iPad while I finish what I’m doing, which only ever takes “just a few more minutes” aka I lose track of time and a few more minutes turns into an hour. And it’s not fair to me to get behind in my work–thus causing more late nights and more stress.So, my husband and I decided that daycare was a necessary expense even though I worked from home. “But Kamron, don’t you feel guilty? Don’t you know people have six kids and run a business with a baby tied to their back?” No, I don’t feel guilty, and yes, I know. More power to them, but back to my three-year old’s lesson, “Different families do different things.” For example, I know families who move across the world and manage to find somewhere like Teddy Kids kinderopvang to help them while they are working.
I don’t feel guilty about sending my kids to daycare. Sometimes they go five days a week, and during my slower months, when I know I can take days off during the week, they go two to three times a week. We have THE BEST daycare provider that loves my kids to death and I couldn’t imagine life without. My kids get to spend time with their friends in a fun and safe environment where they have someone’s undivided attention all day. They learn so much more being around their peers than if they were just around me all day. Plus, I am able to get more done during the day so that when they come home, I can be present. Yes, there are still late nights, but not as many as there used to be.
And to the mamas rocking entrepreneurship while feeding kids lunch, and playing with them while answering phone calls, I applaud you. I’ve tried this, and it’s just too much for me. The last thing I want is to feel overwhelmed by trying to be a Supermom and a #BossLady at the same time. I’m cool with keeping those two prestigious titles separate, and my family thanks me for that.
About the blogger:
Kamron Khan is a professional wedding and portrait photographer from Cleveland, OH. She opened Kamron Khan Photography in 2013, and prides herself in creating a unique experience for her clients by making them feel comfortable and confident in front of her camera, and by helping them create custom artwork for their homes. She teaches photography to others, including middle and high school students, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and other photographers. Kamron is co-creator of The Bridal Space, a collective resource for the modern bride help her with her wedding planning process. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Knot, Munaluchi Bride, Black Bride Magazine, and South Asian Bridal Magazine.