When Daddy works from home…

By the powers of modern technology, I am blessed with the flexibility of having, one day a week or so, the support of the hubster working from home.

The benefits of this are endless…

For starters, I am not alone in my parenting quest, for that one weekday I am one half of a team again. I do not have to worry about getting 50% of the household out of the door on time at 8.15, and in the cold, rain, wind etc etc it is somewhat of a halleluia midweek blessing to leave dangermouse at home in her PJs while I dash Tigs to nursery in a fraction of the time.

That nursery dash will frequently become the sole time I make it to a real live supermarket; one that doesn’t deliver and will save me a few quid. At 9am, I am queen of the aisles…no kids, no customers, just me and the Aldi bargains to be had. It’s amazing what constitutes a day out these days.

Sometimes, the ability to be able to leave the house for 45 minutes during naptime might take me for a run, to get my eyebrows threaded…the Skies the limit on the possibilities (as long as they are within the 45 minute window). Plus, there are always annoying appointments that need 30 minutes of childcare cover.

Play dates at home are a definite no go when Daddys working upstairs in our bedroom-come office. The sound of laughing, screaming, fighting children and / or vtech toys on repeat doesn’t go down too well on a conference call. Nor for that matter does One Direction music, so always remember to turn off the sound system speaker in the bedroom before commencing the 1D dance off in the kitchen.

The situation is mutually beneficial to be fair. I’m pretty sure a day off from the commute, the office wear and the distractions in the workplace mean he does get a full days work done from the ‘home office’ aka our bedroom. We have recently installed a proper desk, although the bed is often suspiciously, repeatedly unmade and warm on inspection (but that’s okay because you can read laying down right?).

My back might just be broken a little more than usual, as the picking up toys goes off the scale, and is compounded with picking up mugs, crisp packets, more mugs, chocolate wrappers and just one more mug. For every moment I have to myself, I pay with an extra box of toys being upturned / blanket camp being made in the process of Daddy helping entertain the girls. What I gain in company and moral support I pay for in mess, but maybe I should learn a thing or two from this and stop picking up, start emptying out toys myself now and again.

Daddy is often far too busy working to pop out for the nursery run, or a lunch together. But funny that the grass might miraculously get cut whilst I’m out or other random odd jobs get done. Sometimes the distractions are just too tempting…and the mind needs a break from all that work doesn’t it? Lunch is delivered upstairs to daddy while he slaves over the keyboard…but dinner is a rare opportunity to eat together mid week. Which means no staggered and repetitive cooking / reheating / washing up for me. Small wins go a long way for Mum.

The children are a confused mess of knowing Daddy’s upstairs, but being told to leave him alone – in fact to forget he’s there, but then have him appear to play every hour or so, just to initiate the cycle again. Ultimately though, knowing he is around, is lovely for everyone. Seeing their faces light up when he opens the door from the nursery run is pretty priceless. Or, sometimes, when he does the pick up, that’s pretty magic too.

The WFH day of choice usually conveniently aligns with Tigs 5pm gymnastics class…meaning we don’t have to take Dangermouse along and spend an hour wrestling her off the mats, which is always a bonus.

Bathtime on WFH days is often that little bit earlier, with all of us encouraging a ‘nice early bath’, as opposed to the just walked in the door ‘it’s still a bit early for bath’ approach rest of the week. Funny that.

On occasion, the idea of working from home is more successful than the reality, with us all getting in each others way or distracting each other from our days objectives. It’s not unusual for the words ‘never working from home again’ to be heard at some point during the day (and swiftly retracted). So there won’t be any permanent work from home job any time soon, but the odd day here and there? A change is as good as a rest, for all of us, right?

x MMT

Do you or your partner manage to work from home? How is it working out for you?!

 

 

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99 thoughts on “When Daddy works from home…

  1. The Anxious Dragon Reply

    I have always said having a husband at home is the equivalent of having an extra child in terms of the mess they make. Mr AD cant work from home (a driver) but because he does long shifts he is quite often home odd days during the week, and it is quite lovely tonspend that time with him. #MarvMondays

  2. mummyinatutu Reply

    haha i love it! It’s nice that you both gain something from the situation and I bet just knowing daddy is there is nice for littleuns too!

    #marvmondays

  3. islandliving365 Reply

    Love this. Mr C has worked home on a few occasions and it has made it even more trickier as we have to tiptoe around the house and to remember to feed and water Mr C! #fartglitter

  4. 2teens1preteen Reply

    Oh you lucky girl!! My husband unfortunately isn’t able to work from home but my sister’s partner does and I am so envious when i pop round and he’s there – would love to see more of my husband and have him around more – though i don;t think i’d get anything done as would end up popping for lunch and coffee etc!! Enjoy #MarvellousMondays

  5. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) Reply

    My hubby has worked from home since the gremlin was born. I love it! He has had to work harder over time so we see less of him but I can go to the gym in the evening and we can share breakfast. Plus he does the nursery drop offs so I can go to work. I hope it stays like this for a long time!! xx #fartglitter

    1. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) Reply

      Thanks for linking with #bestandworst! x

  6. ljdove23 Reply

    Love this! When Harry was first born my husband worked from home and actually, it was amazing! It meant that if he was sleeping I didn’t have to wake him to drag him out, and if I needed a wee during the day he could take over for two minutes to give me that time! Unfortunately he had to go back to the office after a few months and it was even harder I think, having been lulled into a false sense of security, to then go back to being on my own! #fartfglitter

  7. dearbearandbeany Reply

    Ha Ha! My husband works from one or two days a week and it definitely has it’s pros and cons!! It annoys me that he can’t do certain things to help, but the grass is always cut on a Friday afternoon in the summer!! But, its lovely that I too can dash out during nap time and get some stuff done child free 🙂

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      It really is isn’t it! X

  8. Lucinda Leo Reply

    Brilliant post! I love the idea of you dancing round Aldi on your ‘day out’ – totally get it! Not having to take a younger one along everywhere makes so much difference, doesn’t it?
    We home-educate so I have very mixed feelings about my husband’s WFH days nowadays. A late afternoon dog-walk together rounded off with half a lager in the pub is always lovely. On the other hand my kids, who might have spent the previous four days solidly writing stories and doing algebra for fun, seem intent on proving to Daddy that home-ed consists of playing video games all day. :-\

  9. Helen Gandy Reply

    My husband works from home quite alot, sometimes I like it, other times it’s plain annoying haha! I liked reading about your experience! #fartglitter #marvmondays

  10. thebrightnessofthesedays Reply

    I love this! I often nag my husband to work from home and then when he’s here seem to spend most my time ferrying cups of tea upstairs! They can’t win can they! Or we can’t?! #fartglitter

  11. Mama Reply

    Recently I’ve been locking myself in the bedroom to try and get some job applications done. It’s not easy to concentrate with the variety of giggles, screams crashed and general hullabaloo but we just about manage. For an hour or so anyway 🙂

    #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      I find the only time I can concentrate is when the kids are asleep…so WFH for me if the kids were in would be a disaster!

  12. ShoeboxofM Reply

    I like working from home as I get to take my daughter to nursery without having to drag everyone out as well so they can have a bit of a kip and feel fresher and happier.

    I’ve had conference calls where matters of consequence are often interspersed with “shh. ..its okay. .just go to sleep” or hiding the panic of my voice when the cubs explore the laptop and oh so breakable work phone.

    I can hide upstairs but then I have the cat keeping me company by sitting on my arms. And paperwork. And laptop…

    #abitofeverything

  13. Robyn Reply

    Funny you mention about the company being the upside, the additional mess being the downside – I feel exactly the same way at weekends! Our house is constantly a tip all weekend, when theoretically it should be cleaner with my husband around to mind the toddler, I just can’t work it out! It does sounds nice to have your husband working from home once a week, but I can see how it could get a bit disruptive for everyone!

  14. Lisa (@backsnbumps) Reply

    I’ve just started my maternity leave but due to my back work set me up with an office at home. I love working from home and get far more done as there are no people to talk to and distract me. Also means I can pop on the odd load of washing. Can’t really wfh with kids in the house though. #bestandworst

  15. Rachel Reply

    On occasion I work from home and it is HARD WORK. I end up going down my Mum’s so she can help me with my son and I can concentrate on work. I know as my son gets older (he’s 2) it’ll get easier but bless him, he doesn’t understand why Mummy can’t read Mog The Forgetful Cat 9 times on the bounce while my nose is shoved in my laptop. #bestandworst

    1. MMT Reply

      I think I could only WFH if someone else had the kids…I wouldn’t be able to not interfere! #controlfreak

  16. Tracey @ Mummyshire Reply

    This made me smile as we have a similiar situation; every Friday my OH WFH which will often include taking time out to get his hair cut, or planning a music schedule on his iPad but of course he’s too busy to get involved in family stuff, unless it suits him lol!! But ultimately it’s nice knowing that, for one day at least, we can all have dinner together at 5pm and the children are collected from school by daddy!
    #bestandworst

    1. MMT Reply

      Summed it up perfectly Tracey 🙂

  17. newmummyblogcom Reply

    It’s interesting reading, and thinking about it it must be hard on the little ones knowing daddy is there, but can’t come and play and no, you can’t go and get him! My husband doesn’t often work from home, but doesn’t only work 15 minutes away. It’d be hilarious to be on the end of the conference call when One Direction started playing though 😀 #bestworst

  18. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby Reply

    Oh, we have the same struggle of “Daddy’s home, but let’s pretend he’s not!” on WfH days. More than once, an escapee toddler has run into the office and interrupted a conference call, with me hot-footing it after whisper-yelling “Come back here!”
    #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      They can be slippery little fishes to catch too! Always harder when you’re being scowled at ha ha! x

  19. butterflymum83 Reply

    This is so useful for you! I think it’s great how many businesses now are flexible re working from home. I’ve taken advantage of the option myself a few times when I’ve had a poorly little man or an appointment etc. My hubs doesn’t have the WFH option but he does get Weds off (in exchange for working Saturdays but still!) which can be really handy as so many kids places and shops are so much quieter then x #bestandworst

    1. MMT Reply

      Thats so true – Daddy misses out on lots of parenting ‘experiences’ eg. soft play because there is no way on earth we are spending a weekend day in there! Hell! Although, maybe ‘missing out’ is the wrong description 🙂

  20. Harpsw Reply

    Ah! I really miss my husband being able to wfh. It all stopped as soon as arj was born. He does the very odd day here or there and it really makes a huge difference just knowing he’s in the house! But Arj doesn’t make his life easy. He wants to be with his dad pretty much all day which doesn’t help! #coolmumclub x

    1. MMT Reply

      That is the down side! Boring old Mummy can be shelfed ha ha x

  21. Emma Jones Reply

    It’s amazing the difference it makes just being able to leave the house minus a child & that hour of child free shopping really does constitute an outing! How our lives change. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

    1. MMT Reply

      It is isn’t it! And crazy how productive one hour can be too! xx

  22. Kate Tunstall, Refined Prose Reply

    Aw, I’d love to have hubby home occasionally. More to the point, so would our daughter! But nice to hear it’s not all rainbows and flowers! x
    #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Nope, definitely no flowers! If you’re reading this Mr G….NO FLOWERS hint hint 😉

  23. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods) Reply

    Y husband doesn’t work from home but he does work shifts which mean that the kids actually get to see quite a bit of him so we are very lucky in that respect. It does mean that he only gets to tuck them in at bedtime every other week though bit hey – I guess you can’t have it all, right?

    Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub 🙂

    1. MMT Reply

      Exactly – things could be better but they could be a hell of a lot worse eh? Ever watched Trawlermen?!

  24. crummymummy1 Reply

    I hate it when Misery Guts works from home! It throws out my whole routine, things that normally get done don’t so that means more to do the next day…hate it! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      This comment cracked me up – tell it how it is 😉 xxx

  25. John Adams Reply

    My wife works from home every couple of weeks. I have just changed our youngest’s nursery hours to ensure she is at preschool the entire day. I now use it as my dedicated blogging day and work downstairs while she works upstairs. It works well for us. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      That sounds a pretty fab arrangement – a whole day dedicated to blogging child free! Right now with a 15 month old my blogging times are feeling more squeezed than ever…I’m hoping as she gets bigger,starts nursery, the eldest starts school etc it should all get a tiny bit easier. Thanks for linking up John.

  26. Rebecca | AAUBlog Reply

    my hubby works from home at least one day a week too. it can get a bit annoying if I’m honest – I think we need a bigger house. The kids don’t ‘get’ that he has work to do and if he has calls I can’t get on a vacuum etc. #firstworldproblems haha #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Hi Rebecca, Oh yes, the hoover…that caused a few shouty moments here too…thank god for Mute on a conference call!

  27. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Do you know it’s funny, my other half used to work from home and it totally did not work for us because he felt like he was in a pressure cooker! In the end I had to send him out to the office…for us the utopia of working from home wasn’t a utopia in the end…just goes to show that everyone is different eh #coolmumclub partner in crime! x

    1. MMT Reply

      We definitely have our moments! Last week was a ‘never again’ day…but all is soon forgotten when I get the idea of going for a run and having a bit of help with the Gym club run minus Dangermouse! x

  28. Squirmy Popple Reply

    My husband works from home occasionally and I have no idea how he does it – we have an open plan living room/study area, so he can hear everything that the baby and I are doing – especially the tinny music coming out of her jumperoo and activity table. It would drive me nuts! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      I don’t think I’d be that great at it either?! But I am a self confessed control freak! I’d have to keep interrupting what was going on without me! xx

  29. Jordanne Lee Reply

    Great post! It’s really nice that the odd day working from home is beneficial for you both! The kids must love seeing him at points throughout the day as well. #coolmumclub

    Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    1. MMT Reply

      Oh absolutely, they really do. Thanks for reading and linking x

  30. Agent Spitback Reply

    How lovely to have your other half..even just knowing he’s around does help tremendously. Yonks ago, I was lucky to work from home and it was a great arrangement, being able to do drop off and pick up and just having that flexibility. I think as society progresses, it should accommodate more flexible and unusual job arrangements, honestly having that one day at home could increase work satisfaction and loyalty by manyfold! Well, I would definitely be.

    1. Agent Spitback Reply

      Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything too!

    2. MMT Reply

      For sure…I make it sound bad but in all honesty, he is pretty fantastic with the girls so I cannot complain at all. I used to think WFH sounded a bit of a drag, but flexibility is a god send when you are trying to accommodate family life! Thanks for linking xxx

  31. Helen Reply

    Lovely post. I see all these little benefits with friends who have WFH partners. In our house I am the WFH’er (today!) and it does get tricky for the nanny to tell them – yup Mummy is here (on her warm bed drinking tea) but doesn’t want to see you. Ouch.
    Great that you both get some benefits. You should launch a Pret (playing 1D and VTech pain) from your kitchen! xx #coolmumclub
    gumdropsandthebear

    1. MMT Reply

      Nice to see WFH days involve a cheeky bit of blogging 🙂 Oh, sorry, yes of course even working from home employees are entitled to a break. Ha ha….Nice idea about the pret, but I’m looking forward to returning to work at some point to a job that gets me away from the kitchen, serving food to others and the vtech toys! I’ll miss the 1D dance offs though…Thanks for linking up lovely x

  32. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) Reply

    My hubby worked away from home when the boys were young. But now he has a job where he leaves the house early and is home early. He picks the boys up from school every day. It is so much easier being part of a team!

    1. MMT Reply

      Wow – that is a great arrangement. I often wonder what I would have done (and might still one day have to do) with childcare when Tigs starts school – great to hear it’s not always down to the Mums to sort out.

  33. rhymingwithwine Reply

    My hubby works from home one day a week usually just like yours. I love having him home for that extra hour in a morning and evening due to the lack of commute, but otherwise *whispers* we tend to get a bit cross at each other. You see I can see him, as he likes to work on his laptop in the room, but I have to pretend that he isn’t there. The kids want to play with him, but “Daddy’s to busy at work” and I generally run around snarling in a passive agressive tone trying to do everything by myself. (Even though I would normally do them anyway, but that’s not the point). Poor fella is usually glad to get back to work the next day haha.

    Thank you for hosting x
    #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      This comment really made me giggle (as you so often do!). It is always the resentment of the other person doing ‘something else’ which generates most of the frustration in our house too! Even if that is working… xx

  34. ninaaikas Reply

    My partner sometimes works from home, and although it’s nice to have him around he just messes up all our daily routines: our wee 1-year old is too excited to take her nap at the regular time, too excited to eat properly and is just generally overexcited. Don’t know how much work he gets done either, constantly interrupting his work to play a little…so I think there will be less wfh in the future! Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Nap times are a total headache…’The office’ aka our bedroom is right next door to Baby-G’s…and the hubby is a nightmare for that whole talking loud on the phone thing! (And she is a total Daddies girl!) x

  35. Mrs Tubbs Reply

    Rev T works from home all the time, whilst I am the interloper. It works reasonably well, but he does complain I disrupt his routine on the few days I’m there.

    1. MMT Reply

      A good friend of mine is a Vicar…I always joke with him when he talks about working arrangements that he needs to have a word with ‘the Boss’ 😉 I hope you don’t get Rev T in trouble with ‘the Boss’!

  36. This Mum's Life Reply

    I’ve often wondered about this, and if it may be a double edged sword!! I love that you’ve turned working from home into all the things you put off on other days, early baths etc! I’d be the same! But I see someone else commented that the house is always a tip when they’re husbands are around, and that is certainly the case for us too! I’m not sure if I could cope with that level of mess any more than twice a week! My husband’s job means that he has to work 50 hours a week for autumn and winter, which means he’s out just after we all get up, and not back until the children are in bed. I must admit that this winter with those hours nearly broke me! My wish would be that instead of being able to work from home, he just got in at 5 every single day of the year!
    #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      I have to admit, we are really fortunate with our set up. Hubby commutes to London using the new high speed link which means his travel time is halved – meaning he is around to help in the mornings and bedtimes even on office days. Luckily he is also an amazing hands on Daddy too 🙂

  37. Annette Reply

    I love how your trip out is going to the supermarket! It’s amazing what you can find when you don’t have a little person in tow 🙂 I am the one that gets to do a bit of working from home. I never have Little Button with me when I am working, but on those days I take charge of all the dropping off/picking up and all the other bits in between. #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Sounds great – I have a friend with a similar set up and she always says being able to chuck a load of washing in etc during the day makes a massive difference to keeping up with everything. Thanks for reading and linking x

  38. Busy Working Mummy Reply

    Neither hubby or I work from home although I do if little man is poorly so at least I have the flexibility. If things get too much and I am really tired they are usually pretty good at letting me have the occasional WFH day which is amazing…especially when little man still gets booked in to nursery #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      This comment reminded me of the rare luxury when I used to work, and had just one small child. As she was in nursery, very occasionally (like once or twice) I booked a half day and still picked her up at normal time. Bliss! Having such self indulgent afternoons is a thing long gone now I’m at home with two small children…babysitters are hard enough to find when you REALLY need one, let alone for whims 😉

  39. Kat @ Eat.Love.Live Reply

    I love that in today’s world working from home is possible. We love it when Daddy gets to work from home. He’s locked away during work hours but we get to enjoy lunch with him and more time in the day with him because he doesn’t have a commute! Kat X #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Absolutely – the positives by far the tongue in cheek negatives in my post. It’s always a breath of fresh air to spend more time together in the day. x

  40. Laura's Lovely Blog Reply

    My husband took a new job in October and from then always works from home when he’s not travelling. The benefits for him is that he sees the children more. But it did take us a while to adjust as there are times we have to quiet due to conference calls and I find it quite frustrating with two children who are not yet of school age. I think it would help if he actually had an office, we’re hoping to move this year, so we shall see! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      We toyed with the idea of building an office in an outbuilding this year, but, in the end decided that wasn’t too practical or appealing. Exciting that you’re moving! Hope a blog / WFH office is at the top of the ‘Lovely to have’ list 🙂 xxx

  41. reimerandruby Reply

    Me and husband have not tried this kind of work arrangement yet… Although it has a lot of advantage, like we can bond with the kids more and do more things together as a family. I think I would be willing to try working from home if an opportunity comes up. Lovely post! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      I always used to think working from home sounded a bit dull, loving the buzz of the work environment. Since starting blogging, the idea of a day of peace and being able to focus sounds quite appealing! As long as someone else was covering children duties that is! x

  42. Nat Reply

    Totally agree! Just knowing your not the only adult around is a game changer I think. Day seems a bit less daunting. Fab post.

    1. MMT Reply

      You’re dead right…I don;t know how he does it really, I’d be totally distracted! x

  43. Mess and Merlot Reply

    My husband never works from home thank God – he’d only get in the way! 😉

    1. MMT Reply

      Ha ha, we run a tight ship here too! x

  44. thebrightnessofthesedays Reply

    Swinging by again with #coolmumclub Love this! Thanks for hosting

  45. Hannah G Reply

    Unfortunately my hubby’s job is not one that can be done from home however he does work long hours Monday-Thursday meaning we get a nice long weekend together as a family. Although to be honest, sometimes it is easier when he is at work! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Sometimes knowing you’re in it alone makes it easier to suck up and get on with, I totally know what you mean x

  46. tammymum Reply

    My OH used to work from home quite a lot pre children but funnily enough that seems to have subsided somewhat now there are two attention seeking babies… Whilst I love the company when he does WFH now I feel The children need to be on best behaviour and I can’t just let them run ragged…. You have hit the nail on the head, it is very much a case of swings and roundabouts I find, I think once in a while is enough in our household. #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Absolutely…when young kids are around there is only one person who dictates how the day is going to go…and it’s not us! x

  47. naturemumwales Reply

    My partner works shifts. I love his day shifts as the house is always cleaner, calmer and everything gets done. For some reason when he is home the whole house goes to pot. It is nice that I can shower on my own for 10 minutes though haha #coolnumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      It’s all swings and roundabouts isn’t it! Always good to feel a bit cleaner when Daddy is around 😉 x

  48. Mum in Brum Reply

    Ha, I loved this. Hubby actually was ‘ill’ last week so I offered to go man his business for the day whilst he stayed at home with Taylor. It was bliss – I blogged all day of course and it was so nice to get out of the dog walks and not have to work around Taylor’s naps. I got home and obviously the hubby felt he’d had THE BEST day ever!! He watched a whole film during Taylor’s naps and even manged to hoover the living room (“isn’t it clean??”) My hubby also always manages to find time to mow the lawn when he’s too busy to change a nappy ;)…#coolmumclub xx

    1. MMT Reply

      That sounds a pretty heavenly day! My blogging time seems to be getting squeezed more than ever as Dangermouses naps get shorter…she hates it if I go anywhere near the laptop so it’s a no no until after bedtime. I keep reminding myself everything is a phase! x

  49. My Petit Canard Reply

    Oh I can totally relate to this! Both the husband and I try to work from home one day a week, usually try to avoid working from home on the same day, but sometimes it happens and on those days it means we can pick up our little one that little bit early and enjoy a bit more family time. Those times that I’ve been off with the little lady and the husband has been working from home, all those things that you describe have happened at one point or another. The having to pretend that daddy is not at home when he is, is definitely very confusing for the little ones. Oh the joys lol! #coolmumclub Emily

    1. MMT Reply

      The flexibility technology allows is definitely a bonus for family life, no question. I just have to try and remember that when I’m being scowled at for not keeping the noisy ones under control 😉 x

  50. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Ah that’s cool that you get a little bit of a break midweek. I’m impressed that he manages to actually work, I’d be too distracted by the children!! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      He swears it’s more productive! I hate to see how little he is doing in the office then ha ha 🙂 Thanks for reading x

  51. Mums Monster Map Reply

    Sounds familiar 🙂 it doesn’t happen that often in my house but when Dad does decide to work from home, keeping the kids calm and trying to get them to understand he’s working so can’t be disturbed when customers call is an effort… Generally between phonecalls and breaks the house becomes more chaotic but still kinda nice to see him on my day off.

    1. MMT Reply

      I dread to think what some of his colleagues have heard going on in the house! Tears and tantrums…and thats just me 😉 x

      1. Mums Monster Map Reply

        Ha too true! 😀

  52. The Mum Project Reply

    That 45 minute window sounds wondrous ; )! It’s actually a very relevant post to my life right now, while I’m on maternity leave doing full kid duties and my partner works from home….I like that you have a positive spin because I have been struggling a bit on my end (maybe because he works from home everyday?) but it seems that while he does help here and there throughout the day, he seems to work much longer hours!! The work and home part kind of blend together so he doesn’t realise how much he has actually been working. Thanks for sharing, it cheered me up! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Oh yes, we have that issue too – lots of extra breaks during the day mean the ‘logging off time’ becomes a bit fuzzy. I can only imagine how hard that would be every day! Thanks for reading xx

  53. Silly Mummy Reply

    We don’t have this and suspect it would not be too successful here! We do have the mountains of extra mess any time Daddy is around, and especially entertaining the girls! #coolmumclub

  54. Sleepingthroughyet Reply

    My husband ‘works’ from home half the week so I loved reading this. I was very excited to go to the supermarket all by myself the other week but when I got half way round I was actually a bit bored at not having any little people to talk too! My husband also seems to have no time to put his breakfast/lunch plates etc in the dishwasher yet will sometimes have time to do little DIY projects/gardening etc. However, it is nice to be able to eat dinner all together. #PicknMix

    1. MMT Reply

      Yes I have definitely been guilty of that – craving time to myself, then missing my little buddies. The grass is always grrner eh? Thanks for reading x

  55. Kaye Reply

    Unfortunately, Mr J never gets to work from home and works odd hours, so it would be nice to have that day together. Though we both have a very rare week off so we’ll be enjoying that as much as poss! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  56. acornishmum Reply

    I work from home with blogging and freelance writing, but my children are older and at school… therefore I work with my feet up, a cuppa at hand and trashy tv on in the background…. working from home is working out well for me lol 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix

    Stevie x

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