We all know about SAHMs (stay-at-home moms), WOHMs (work-out-of-the-home moms), and WAHMs (work-at-home moms).
But I’d like to invent a brand-new acronym: “WWSP,” for work-while-they’re-sleeping parent.
There are more and more of us WWSPs, and we really aren’t the same as a work-at-home parent — because we don’t have childcare.
We also aren’t the same as a stay-at-home parent — because our naptimes and post-bedtime hours are busy, busy, busy with work.
I know work-at-home parents who have full-time or part-time childcare — either in their own home, at a sitter’s, or at a daycare facility. Their child are safe and happy with someone else, and they’re free to get down to work — it just happens to be in their own home.
The trouble with working from home without childcare is that you are still in charge of your kids while you’re working — and they may or may not be sleeping!
Yes, we WWSPs can do laundry while we’re at work — it’s great! Yes, we can make ourselves a hot lunch in the kitchen and never have to pack a yucky sandwich in a rush — it’s wonderful! Yes, we have no commute, we can use our own bathrooms, and we can wear whatever we want — probably the best parts!
But when you’re only able to work when your child is sleeping — or safely “resting” in their bedroom, at least — it puts a lot of limitations on what you’re able to get done.