What husbands don’t know
Well, I’m sure we could all write a book about this one. Together we could create an encyclopaedia to rival Britannica. With that in mind, I shall narrow the topic, every so slightly.
I recently read this article about 6 Things Husbands of WAHMs Don’t Know and found myself nodding along as I read it. Number 1 was the one that really hit home:
When your “Do Not Disturb” sign is up – Unless you have an official sign that your family members can see, it can be difficult for them to sense the boundaries between Working Mommy and Regular Mommy.
I need to get myself a DO Not Disturb sign. I’m guessing this is a problem in most households where someone works from home, moreso when someone is combining parenthood with working at home (and by that I mean actually having the children at home with you during the day). I am a Work at Home Mum. Plum is with me 24/7 pretty much. She is just over thirteen months old and I have yet to leave her overnight, even with Stonelaughter – her Daddy and my husband. I haven’t had more than a few hours away from her in one go. So, I work with Plum. That is to say, my work does not keep set hours, because Plum does not keep set hours. I work when I can.
Which is great for me and Plum but tends to make it more difficult for everyone to spot the metaphorical Do Not Disturb sign. It means Bean has a knack of needing to tell me something vitally important just as I pick up the phone to call a client. It means Stonelaughter interrupts some stream of thought more often than he knows. And it’s not (always) their fault.
I may adopt the same solution to this as Mommy Mojo and tell Stonelaughter that if my fingers are flying over the keyboard, then my Do Not Disturb sign is up. I think its probably fair to say that if I’m just mooching about on Faceook for instance, and not actually doing some work on the computer, then my fingers do not fly, but adopt a much more relaxed speed. And since I rarely have long conversations on the phone, if I’m on the phone, my sign is definitely up!
But when it comes to kisses, cuddles, smiles, tummy tickling, dancing and messing about with the kids, I can always find time to be disturbed!