Putting the family first – Elizabeth’s story

I am fortunate enough to be able to work full time from home with a 2 year old. My job allows flex time, and my boss understands as she has 2 young children of her own. I begin my day at 6:30am preparing breakfast and lunch, and doing dishes. I work from 7-8:30am. Then I prepare my daughter for the day and encourage her to play with her toys. I work from 9:00-12:00, with occasional 5 min breaks. I feed my daughter lunch and put her down for a nap. Then continue working 12:30-2:30pm. When she wakes up, I give her playdough or crayons/colouring book. I work for another hour and then throw dinner together in the Instant pot (mom’s best friend). Dinner, dishes, play time, bath time, story time and sleep.

My husband will do dishes if I do bath time, or the other way around. We both do the bedtime routine together as a family. We got rid of cable because there is just no time to watch tv! The big housework is done on weekends and my husband shares the responsibilities with me. During my daughter’s naps on Saturdays I can get some work done if I didn’t work enough hours during the week. My work is stressful at times, but I manage to put it out of my mind when I’m not working. I don’t worry if we don’t get to clean something or if we have to do the laundry a few days late. Family is first priority and I’m fortunate to have a job that aligns, especially since we can’t afford day-care or a nanny. I am happy that my husband and I work together as a team, and will need him even more when baby number 2 comes along next month.

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