Is it possible to be a successful writer and mother at the same time? For purposes of this article, let us refer to a home-based writing job since a writing job that requires a mother to report to an office may not be a lot different from the other careers in relation to motherhood. Now that it has been made clear, let us look into the possibilities that await a mother who desires to be a successful writer as well.
Multitasking and Dual Duties
A home-based writer/mother has more opportunities to multitask and perform her dual duties since they can both be done at home. Without concerns about commuting to and from work, there is more time left to write and attend to the needs of the children. Also, role shifting is easily done as the need arises.
Having time to do what needs to be done is an essential component of success. Having excellent writing skills or the best motherly intentions wouldn’t matter at all if the time to write or take care of children is non-existent. The writer/mother however must be able to find time for both so no role is sacrificed. Time management is essential since these two roles can overlap at home.
Flexibility in Schedules
The good thing about being a home-based writer is the great flexibility in making schedules that are most convenient in a given situation. More time can be given to one task more than the other as circumstances would permit. For example, it is possible to devote additional time for writing when the spouse is available to look after the children. Writing tasks can also be made to work around time schedules to attend an important school meeting.
With the wide range of freelance writing resources available today, it is possible for many women to be both successful writers and mothers. This will not be true however for all since there will be differences in the level of dedication and commitment per individual. There is no question that these two will be important parameters for attaining dual success. Performing two roles in one setting which in this case is the home is not a walk in the park.
Freelancing eliminates restrictive employment schedules. It opens up more paid writing opportunities while not necessarily asking a mother to forsake her parental duties. Clearly, it is possible to be both a successful writer and mother but it will require dedication and commitment.
Originally posted on January 21, 2014 @ 2:30 pm