You’re Lazy, Mommy

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on July 26, 2013

in All About Me,Earning My Keep,Lazy

Working From HomeI “work” from home.

I’m one of those Pajama People who sit at home all day playing on the internet.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t go to work in an office while my kids sit on the couch and watch TV during the summer when school is out even though they have every possible video game, toy, book, and freedom any kid would want.

I’m one of those people who, according to some, needs to “learn how to manage my time better” so I don’t have to work in the evenings and at night.

I’m one of those people who gets frustrated when her kids tell her she’s lazy because she doesn’t do anything all day but sit on the computer.

I’m one of those people who has learned how to help provide for my family by using my knowledge and skill set to not have to get a “real job.”

I’m one of those people who has actually created businesses that actually make money.

I’m one of those people who has admitted failure and closed businesses that didn’t work.

I’m one of those people who used what she learned from failure to build something that would be successful.

I’m one of those people who gets her heart hurt when her kids don’t see the value of work because her work is just “sitting on the computer” or “playing with her toys” or “she’s not working—she’s reading.”

So, yeah. I’m one of those people whose kids and family doesn’t understand that, even though I can contribute thousands of dollars a month to her family’s income, because I don’t have a 9-5, M-F job in an office, I’m lazy and can’t manage my time.

I hoped to be one of those people who, as a woman, modeled a “You Can Do What You Love and Support Your Family!” job for my daughters, but right now, they think I’m lazy.

I’m one of those people who, if she doesn’t work for a day, she doesn’t make money. So, no, I can’t take my kids to the pool today because next month, we’ll need to buy food.

I’m one of those people who works in the evening and at night on social media because that’s when most people will be engaged online and potentially make me money.

I know this whole work-from-home-doing-what-you-love-and-created thing is a new and foreign concept for most people.

But I also know that I’m extremely lucky and blessed to have a husband who understands and supports me 100% in what I do.

And it still hurts to have to explain myself every single day that sitting on the computer during the day and night, reading for work, and playing on my phone is actually work.

Now it’s time for me to go put on a bra and pants and get back to work.

Because I work from home.

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1 Triplezmom July 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

Oh, I hear you. My kids don’t say it (at least not to my face, yet) but you should see the looks other parents have given me when I’ve talked about writing on the interwebz. People are appalled that I’m “home” but that I don’t drop everything to volunteer at the school every day.
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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Coupled with my anxiety, my work-at-home status keeps me from doing a lot of school volunteering. Which is ironic since I used to be a teacher.
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3 Stacy July 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

what do kids know? I love your blog and am personally glad you spend so much time online working! they’ll get it one day maybe. :)

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Let’s hope they do!
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5 nikki t. July 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

You know what, I think it’s great you are able to stay home and support your family! When they get older and look back they will understand. I wanna know how I can do the same! I’d love to be able to stay home with my kids and not have to do the daycare thing! :)

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I think you’re pretty.
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7 Melissa July 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I think you’re pretty awesome. You are obviously strong and smart and driven and ambitious. You are also funny and snarky and sassy and hilarious. All that said, you are a human being with feelings that DO get hurt when you are undervalued or not appreciated or judged. I have four children. I speak from experience. So, chin up! You need to find your value and self-worth inside yourself. The “someday my kids will get it” comments, while noble and a great coping tool, appear sadly naive when coupled with the reality of the world we live in. Most people, including our children, will never get it. Unless they become parents themselves. So, go kick some butt and do what brings you joy. You matter…just like everyone else. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. No matter who they are….

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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I need to get rid of these human feelings. They’re not doing me any good today.
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9 Hockeymandad July 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Somehow we’ll make them understand, or else we can chain them up in the garage until they do. hehe

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10 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Sounds legit.
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11 Brenda July 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I have children who actually tell people I don’t work. I sit at home all day watching TV. It doesn’t matter that every freaking day I pack up at least 50 packages if not more (especially around any holiday) and ship them to the customer. Or that six days a week I post auctions. Or that their car payments, insurance, house, food and clothes are all paid for my sitting and “Watching TV”. I’m this close to saying since I’m lazy you need to pay for your own crap. But, it would require movement and I’m just too lazy.

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12 Michelle July 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Yeah, I always get that attitude because I make money writing online. Yet nobody seems to bitch when I share perks like free meals or concert tickets. Just keep on doing what makes you happy and makes you money. =)
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14 Peter Andersan August 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I literally could have written this myself. But like you, I am lucky I have a spouse that completely understands. She actually turned me onto the work online so she could get back into the corporate world. But I’m sure you can imagine the things people might say about me being the ‘man’ who sits at home all day. Sure, I don’t get dressed most days, but I do make a lot of money online. The night time social media thing? I guess no one realizes that I, too, and all of us, might actually get to enjoy going to bed with our loved ones at night instead of staying up until the ‘internet’ gets tired enough to stop talking. Sounds like people need to mind their own business all over! Great blog, I really enjoyed it and could have written every single word!

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15 Emma August 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

Yeah. I don’t think my kids realize I actually have a job.

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16 Coleen September 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I’ve been searching for such a long time for a way to support my family from home. I’m a carer for my oldest son, and it’s such a degrading feeling knowing I can’t bring in an income from a ‘J.O.B.’ Congratulations to you for doing so! Your children will come to understand in time that what you do is work and be proud that you have found a way to support them financially whilst still making yourself available to them by finding a way to do it from home.

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17 Kartki urodzinowe September 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

I think it’s great you are able to stay home and support your family! Congratulations to you!

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18 Daniel Lemos April 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Happy, you.

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