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How do you Juggle Being a Working from Home Mum?

Many people struggle to juggle work and personal life, especially for mums who want to contribute their best at work and raise their children. The good news is that you can do both, and in this article, we explore how you can juggle being a working-from-home mum.

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How Can I Be a Successful Work-from-home Mum?

Working from home with your little ones only a few feet away can be challenging. To tackle this obstacle, you need to plan and prepare accordingly.

First, acknowledge the difficulties you will encounter as a working-from-home-mum

Meeting deadlines when your child cries in the next room to play with you, attending conference calls during feeding times or brainstorming with colleagues while your 3-year-old refuses the clothes you’ve prepared the night before for her to wear in the daycare are a few examples of things that may stress you out when you are a working-from-home-mum.

Sleep loss, when your toddler is teething, can affect your ability to do your job efficiently. The emotional and physical exhaustion, because you try to do everything flawlessly, can make you feel that nothing is enough, and making dinner after a tense day at work can seem one of the most tiring tasks on the planet. Yet all these issues are fixable as soon as you understand that being a working-from-home-mum requires a lot of ongoing readjustment. 

Allow yourself time to adjust to this new reality and forgive yourself for not having all the answers. You are always trying and will figure them out one step at a time.

How Can I Work From Home as a Mum

Second, get all the help you can

To be successful in this essential endeavour, you need all hands on deck: rally up your family, friends, and colleagues and use an early learning centre to ensure the proper development of your child.

Ensure someone takes care of your child while you’re focusing on your work. This way, the little ones will receive the attention they need, and you’ll get more done at work more effectively.

 Seek out people who can listen and support you. Join a parenting group or a play group. Even if your little one is too young to play with the other children now, you’ll appreciate exchanging ideas with other working mums.

Check if your employer has an affinity group for parents; if not, consider starting one yourself. Seek professional help to tackle your emotional hurdles and navigate the bumps of your professional and personal life.

Taking your child to an early learning centre such as Bright Beginnings for a few hours will enable you to focus on working stress-free and without interruptions.

An early learning centre provides your children with essential benefits:

Third, get organised and focused as a working-from-home-mum

Ensure that when you are working, you are not getting distracted by the thought that your child is nearby. To maintain your focus, find a place in your home separated from the room where your child plays and dive into your work for maximum efficiency. Agree with the ones caring for your little one that they will not interrupt you unless needed. 

Gain more effectiveness by grouping tasks based on their complexity and common characteristics. For instance, you can group the tasks that entail a higher degree of coordination, like answering emails and setting up meetings and have another batch of tasks that require more concentration, such as planning and writing a pitch or developing new ideas.

Another significant element is to agree on the expectations your colleagues have for you. Communicate clearly and regularly on ongoing projects, accept reasonable deadlines, but don’t accommodate requirements you know you can’t honour. If you are asked to do too much in a short time, propose tradeoffs. For example, if you do one task faster than usual, you receive more time for another.

Another tip for maintaining focus is addressing tasks based on energy levels. You can manage challenging tasks when you feel more energised (in the morning, for example) and attend the ones that require interaction with others later in the day. 

It’s essential to be as focused as possible so you can give your full attention to your child after your working schedule is over.

How Can I Work From Home as a Mum?

You can be a working-from-home mum in two ways: work for an employer or yourself. 

If you worked for an employer before becoming a mum but find it difficult to resume work because of fixed terms like tight deadlines, you can opt to work independently. You can start your blog, make crafts and sell them on specialised platforms or start the business you always wanted. 

How Can I Work From Home as a Mum

How Can I Work From Home as a Mum?

Aside from creating a business plan, getting the funds you need for the initial investment into your company, and finding suppliers and customers, there is a crucial element you need to consider when starting your business from home: have faith in your ability to make it work. 

Working independently is not a walk in the park. You no longer have an employer who pays your salary monthly, and the prospect of not having money to fulfil essential needs while having one or more children can be daunting. But there are also advantages:

It can be challenging to do it, especially if people around you say you should forget about it and get a “real” job. You need all your strength to pass these discouragements and believe in yourself. If you have been able to work for somebody else, you can work for yourself! Even if your company will not have a skyrocketing profit in a few months, be persistent! The patience, skills, and passion you put into it will eventually make your business very profitable.

Is it Cheaper To Be a Stay-at-home Mum?

The short answer: it depends. It depends on your lifestyle, the income you had before becoming a stay-at-home mum and the expenses you can eliminate once you make this step.

There are areas where you can cut down costs, such as:

Many times, after a long day at the office, the last thing you want to do when you get home is prepare dinner. Hence, you may often order takeout or dinner at a nearby restaurant. You are more likely to eat at home when you are a stay-at-home mum. That helps you save money. The same goes for the money you used to spend on lunch when you had a job: you can replace those sometimes expensive choices with healthier, cheaper homemade meals. 

Depending on how far from home your job is, you can save significant amounts of money when you no longer have to commute to and from work with public transportation or a personal car. The same goes for the high spending on taxis or Uber when you are late for work because, for example, your little ones didn’t get up in time for kindergarten or school.

Being a stay-at-home home means you will no longer need to buy office clothes for every season or every time a new trend starts in the office. And you won’t need to wash, iron or dry clean your office clothes every week. That translates into lower energy and water bills and a reduction in the money you pay for new clothes, detergent or dry cleaning. This doesn’t mean you will wear sweatpants every day (unless you choose to), but your budget will welcome the cost cuts.

Becoming a working-from-home mum is not an easy decision. It can affect raising your child, your career future and your emotional well-being. But if you do it in a planned manner, its benefits will be worth your effort. Being close to your child to care for him, satisfy his basic needs (such as feeding or soothing his crying) or guide him when he navigates the complex world of interactions with peers in kindergarten or school is one of the most rewarding parenting experiences.

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Our Early Learning Centres

Our early childhood centre environments strongly reflects our inspiration – The Reggio Emilia philosophy, from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

We provide a creative and open ended environment that encourages infinite learning for the children and strong relationships between teachers, children and families.

The day’s routines are flexible. At the same time, care is taken to recognise and respect each child’s needs.

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Why Choose a Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre?

Here's what our parents say about our childcare centres

Come and visit one of our childcare centres and see for yourself why your child will love it

Talk to the Centre Manager, meet the team, see the natural outdoor play areas and educational rooms, learn about how we develop our programs and find out more about our unique approach to partnering with our families.

Our latest parent reviews from Google

Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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