Unable to juggle work and a baby, most working women are increasingly opting to work from home. But, is this option that is becoming increasingly convenient good or bad?
By Nabeela Mahboob
With rise in expenses and other responsibilities, a single earning member might find it difficult to run a household on his or her own. In addition, not many women are not willing to quit their jobs and take care of the house or go on a long break as they feel it can result in boredom and low self-esteem.
In this scenario, many companies offer an option to work from home so the mother can fulfil both her duties as a mother and as a working woman. There is scientific proof that working from home benefits the child in every way possible. Until the age of three, it has been proved that the behaviour of the mother with the child and the child’s response to it, greatly affects him in the future. It has also been noted that a child who is taken care by the mother before the age of two showed better social skills than the ones who had been raised in a group set up.
In fact, the work from home option benefits both the mother and child, especially infants because children who are just a few months old are constantly looking for physical comfort from their mothers.
Some companies provide inbound care enters for children but this might prove difficult for the mother as her child will be taken care by someone. Separation anxiety is real and children can get stressed without their parent around them. This is evident when the children can get cranky and restless. Here the work from home option can help a great deal.
The first person any child looks for in times of distress is her mother. When the shoulder to lean on is just next door or right in front of them, it gets easier for the child.
No one understands the child’s needs like the mother. A pat on the back, dressing up the baby, changing nappies, rocking the baby to sleep, taking the toddler out for a walk and the simplest of physical touch can turn out to be very comforting.
Normally, a baby starts taking solids from the age of 6 months and above. Often, mothers first feed the baby tiny morsels of food to check what foods can be given and what to be avoided. A care taker might not be careful and feed the baby just about anything.
A little play time with the baby can make a huge difference. He could turn out to be less cranky by the evening and the stress level can be brought down. A happy baby will make a happy mommy.
With work from home, the parent gets plenty of time to care for her little one. This will also bring about a sense of satisfaction in the fact that the mother is not sacrificing her career for her child.
On a personal level, this option can benefit mothers a lot. Shuttling between work and home can result in loss of time and the mother has no time to care for herself as well. It could be in any form - from a cup of coffee to a warm shower at odd hours or just a walk in the park.
Working from home helps the mother stay calm and focus better on her job. Knowing that her child is right next to her and knowing that she can get up anytime from her desk to attend to the baby’s needs will make her feel relaxed.
One of the most important benefits is that the mother can witness all of the milestones of her baby. Right from flipping from back to tummy to the time she stands without support. Many parents consider this an important phase of their lives to enjoy and adore their children growing up. The child as well enjoys her parents getting excited about her new skill.
Juggling both child and work can be a difficult task but in the end, it makes for a wonderful journey where both the child and the mother benefit.
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