Cereal Mom

by Sharon Davis

I recently heard a woman say that being called a "work at home 

mom" was professionally demeaning.  Being one myself, my initial 

reaction was to agree with her.  "That’s right, I’m a 

professional, I’m not just a bored housewife dabbling with a 

hobby here," I said to myself.

Upon reflection however, I came to realize that I disagree.  


Working out of your home while caring for children makes for 

some unique (and comical) situations.  If  you can’t have a 

sense of humor about these things, then maybe a field job is 

more your style.  

But let’s face it, just how professional can you be when much of 

your work is done with a toddler on your lap?  And that is, 

after all, one of the great benefits of working at home; you can 

consult with clients wearing bunny slippers if you like.  Who’s 

to know? Sometimes we just need to keep things in perspective.  

I know that the work that I do is top quality, and I don’t sweat 

what others think of my work environment.

But I do wonder how that woman deals with some of those little 

challenges that comewith being a work-at-home parent.  

For example, maybe she feels that going out of the house with 

soggy Cheerios stuck to her behind would be professionally 

demeaning.  She must have found a way to avoid this.  I should 

call her...

Not being able to locate a pen because they’re all in use 

fishing Barbie clothes out of the toilet.  This might be seen as 


Or, while trying to convince a potential client how you would be 

the best choice if he’s looking for quality, professional 

results your 2-year-old is proclaiming proudly, "I went poo-poo 

Mommy!" over and over.

I've known others who have tried to mask their true work 

environments using some creative metaphors. For example:

"As soon as my colleague completes his current assignment" 

really means..."As soon as my 5-year-old is done with his Mr. 

Potato Head CDRom"

"We'll be outsourcing the finishing work"  really means..."My 

teenaged daughter will be earning her allowance by collating and 

stapling your reports"

"I have an urgent matter to attend to" really means..."My 

3-year-old has been awfully quiet for the past few minutes and 

she was recently asking for a haircut"

Does this mean I should lock my kids in their rooms while I’m on 

the phone?  While that can at times seem like a perfectly 

sensible idea, usually basic time management  helps to

avoid these situations.  My view is that if a client thinks that 

the quality of my work will be less just because I have 

children, he can look elsewhere.  

Maybe I’m shutting the door on some business, but I refuse to 

have my children feel that they come second.  And I do, in fact, 

think of myself as a Mom first, and a business owner second.  Besides, I think that 
the day is getting nearer that people  really won’t mind their projects delivered with a few soggy cheerios on them.
Sharon Davis is the Mother of two girls, the owner of www.2Work-At-Home.Com and the Editor of the site's monthly ezine, America's Home. In her spare time she reminisces about what it was like to have spare time.
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