Are you a work-at-home parent or are you interested in becoming a work-at-home parent? Working from home is nice, as many parents find it more affordable than working in the corporate world. The only problem is that many work-at-home parents get so caught up in working from home and supporting their families that they tend to forget about staying socially active themselves. Yes, your social calendar doesn’t need to be packed full, but you should still make sure that you have some time to enjoy for yourself.
If you are currently working outside of the home or if you have within the past year, you will want to make sure that you try and keep in touch with some of your coworkers, especially if you were or are close to any of them. Although you may not be able to socialize with each other during work or on work breaks, you may still be able to get together a couple of days a month for coffee or lunch. Even if your contact only involves placing a few phone calls or emails, you will want to try and keep in touch with those that you know from your old workplace. This will not only help keep you socially active, but it may also give you a little bit of help if you ever decided that you would like to return to work.
You will also want to make sure that you stay in close contact with any friends that you have made outside of work. As with keeping in touch with old coworkers, you may want to think about regularly placing telephone calls to those that you know or even just sending them emails occasionally. If your schedules allow for it, you may want to try to get together with some of your friends at least once or twice a month. This is often enough to establish regular contact or communication, which is important to keep a friendship at a healthy state. Socializing with your neighbors or inviting them over for a backyard barbeque is also a great way to meet new people, develop new friendships, and have an active social life when working from home.
If you have already lost touch with your friends or old coworkers, there is still hope. A large number of towns and cities across America have programs or get-together groups that are designed for parents or work-at-home parents. What is nice about many of these groups is that you often meet alone, but, at the same time, there are times when your children are encouraged to come along as well. What does this mean for you? It means that you can not only get social interaction, but your children should also be able to do the same as well. You may want to check your local classified advertisements or the internet to see if you have any local groups designed for work-at-home parents or stay-at-home parents.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can go about keeping your social life, while working from home with kids. While it can be easy to get caught up in the world of working and taking care of children, you also need to remember that “adult,” adult conversations are just as important, especially to your own mental wellbeing.