This week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer The Alchemist.  We know that in reality, all moms are “working” moms, but she is wondering…

“Are you a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a work from home mom? Do you want to make the switch now or someday in future? Why or why not?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Lady E of Indonesia writes:
“I am a working single mother. I struggle, on a daily basis, to find the balance between meeting the needs of my son and my job while still trying to care for myself in the process. I am incredibly lucky because my son is a student in the wonderful International school where I teach, so I get to see him throughout the day. While I have always yearned for the opportunity to be able to focus only on my son, I know that I derive a great deal of fulfillment from my work. While the grass does often look greener on the stay-at-home Mom side, I cannot imagine my life any other way.”

Truly Rich Mom of Philippines writes:
“I am a semi-work-at-home-mom as I have to report to the office on Thursdays and Fridays. I am still praying about moving on to being full-time freelance work-at-home mom in the future, but for now, I believe God wants me to be/work where I am now — Shepherd’s Voice Publications, a local Catholic publications company. I am blessed because I get to homeschool our kids at the same time. :)”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“I am a full-time work-at-the-office mom and I feel lucky to say that I love my work.  The other nice thing is that I do have flexibility to work from home on days one of my kiddos is sick, or if I don’t have any meetings in the office.  My youngest attends an on-site pre-school across the street from my office, so I am fortunate to have her so close and have the ability to pop in for a visit, or even run into her on campus while they are out for walks.

As September and back-to-school season approaches, I’ve been thinking about how nice it would be to reduce my effort to part-time so that I could drop off AND pick up my big girl at school instead of having to enroll her in after-school care until I get off of work. I know that financially it is not do-able right now, but maybe in the future?”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“I am officially a stay-at-home Mum, but have avoided housework by working on projects which will hopefully produce enough money for me to become a Lady-Who-Lunches.”

Meredith of Nigeria writes:
“I am blessed to be a stay at home with my children and I don’t plan on working outside the home anytime soon. I feel like this is where I need to be right now. :)”

Tatterscoops of Indonesia writes:
“I used to be a stay-at-home mom until my son was 3 years old when I became a single mom and had no option — I had to be a working mom. Now I’m so lucky to be able to work from home. So I’ve experienced all three. Right now I’m so content working from home, doing what I love, without having to endure a horrible commute every day.  I hated working from morning until late and missing my son because he was usually sleeping by the time I got home. Now, I can work and still be there for him. I wouldn’t trade it at all…although I still do miss dressing up for work once in a while.”

Carol @ If By Yes of British Columbia, Canada writes:
“I miss that year of maternity leave. We can’t afford for me to stay home, so instead I work 9 hour days with no lunch break and hand over half my pay cheque for someone else to raise my kid for me. Then in evenings and weekends I train dogs and write articles and e-books for Elance. The hope is that in a year or two the dog training biz and the writing income will be enough to sustain us and I can go down to part time freelance work.”

What about you…do you work in or outside the home?  Do you wish you could make a change about that? Tell us about it!  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at to see what they have to say.

Don’t forget to visit us tomorrow to check out the travel itinerary for next week!

– World Moms Blog

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