You know when you fill out surveys and they ask about your employment? And there’s a bunch of options like Work Full Time, Work Part Time, Freelance, Work from Home, Stay at Home Parent, Unemployed, etc. Of late, I have been more likely to check the Work from Home box.
It’s not just the blog. It’s the book site, which is taking more time than I initially expected. And now it’s the Blog Transfer service I’ve started with a little help from E. It’s enough now that I’m going to haul my little self and a large stroller down to City Hall and file a Business Certificate.
And yet, the Working from Home thing only partially captures it.
I’ve never liked the divisions of Working Mom/Stay at Home Mom. When I was a WM I envied SAHMs. When I was a SAHM I envied WMs. And now I find myself planted somewhere in the middle. In many ways it’s the best of both worlds. I see my kids more than I did when I was working. But I also have to work a lot with my kids around, which is less than ideal.
Yesterday Graham was home sick from school. In that situation, everyone is going to have the same day. You’re stuck at home with your kid and not much ability to do anything else, no matter whether you work and no matter where you work. It’s just how it goes. Same with appointments and carpools and dropoffs and all that stuff.
Being in this weird middle ground (neither SAHM nor WOHM but a… um… SWAHM–I’m working on a new label) is, nonetheless, a pretty sweet deal. At least it can be as long as you have a child who naps. Which is exactly why I can write this post at the moment.
At least in my little blog bubble it seems there are more and more of us moving in this direction. Working moms who try to telecommute a few days a week. Stay-at-home moms who are finding a job to pick up on the side. And I guess it’s not really that surprising given that we are the Having-it-all! generation.
But one thing is sorely needed. A new acronym. As I mentioned above, SWAHM is not doing it. I tried to see if I could turn it into SWAMP just because that would be cool but I haven’t found a set of words that work. I’ve been brainstorming, but so far I’ve come up blank. The best I’ve got is PWNS: Person Who Never Sleeps. Because it’s true.
PWSTMTOSM: Person Who Spends Too Much Time On Social Media.
SADWCAC: Spends All Day With Children And Computer.
PMT: Professional Multi-Tasker
MKTIMO: My Kitchen Table Is My Office
See what I mean? A better acronym is sorely needed.
Any other SWAHMs out there? (SWAHDs also welcome. I am trying to make the acronym gender-neutral.)
Any other brilliant acronyms?