I'll never forget the day that one of my kids told me that I should get a real job. "You should get a real job", they said. "But, I have a real job!", I proclaimed, a bit shocked. "No, like one at Walmart.", was their response.
Apparently when I spend all those hours on the computer, they assume that I'm playing games, like they do. They don't understand that I'm clocked in 4-10 hours a day, depending on the day, working my real job.
Sometimes I feel like a lot of people forget that I work a real job. Yes, it's flexible. Yes, I can make my own hours. However, sometimes that bites me in the butt, because I end up procrastinating it until the late hours of the night, or the wee hours of the morning. But, when it comes down to it, it is still a responsibility that I have, just like every other person that leaves their home and drives to their office.
Except, I don't get to leave...and I have to play Mommy and housewife, at the same time. Because my "office" is usually my living room couch, people forget that I work a full time job and treat me like I'm "just" a stay at home mom. You know, one of those lucky women who get to just loaf around and watch soap operas all day... ;) I think it gets forgotten that while I'm working my full-time job, I'm also simultaneously working my full-time mommy job and juggling my part-time student responsibilities, too. I never get to focus on one obligation at a time and the concept of "leaving work, at work" is completely foreign to me.
I'm not complaining...truly, I'm not. I chose this life and there are many, many, MANY good things to say about working from home. I only wish that people wouldn't ignore the balls that I'm juggling...making it harder for me keep up.