One of the very few downsides to working from home is that it can be extremely isolating.  Many who choose the life of a homemaker find this to be true to some extent, but it can be especially hard on the work-at-home mom.  While jobless mothers at least have time to pursue social activities that center around their kids’ lives (Mommy and Me classes, volunteering at school, etc.), those mothers who must split their time between kids, housework, errands, and a professional life are often left with little time to think about socializing in any capacity.  And while it’s certainly nice to carry on a career while having the flexibility to raise your children, this dual role can leave a woman feeling like her life is all work and no play.  If you find yourself in this depressing and stressing situation, it may make you feel a little better to know that you’re not alone.  There are a lot of moms out there, just like you, who are blazing the trail to “have it all”.  And through social media, you can connect with them.

As a non-traditional worker, you have probably become familiar with the wide world of social networking, from blogging to Facebook to forums and chats (you are, after all, reading this blog).  What you may not know is how you can get involved in this growing online community.  For starters, there are two routes you can go: personal and professional.  And as a work-at-home mom, you can kill two birds with one stone.  By connecting with other moms who are in the same boat as you, you are virtually creating your own network of women who can offer support in a variety of ways.  Joining forums and Facebook clubs of like-minded women can virtually net you your very own collective of feminine knowledge, wisdom, and influence that is right at your fingertips.  So even if you are house-bound, you can feel like a little social interaction with the outside world is well within your grasp.

Consider what this type of community is capable of.  If you have a problem setting up a shopping cart feature on your website, there is no doubt someone who has faced the same technological hurdle and can help you work it out.  Or if you need guidance on how to deal with a demanding client, you can get a plethora of advice on the subject.  Plus, you can approach these same women with concerns about a rash on your baby’s arm, the best way to remove grease from your stovetop, and how to handle a husband who refuses to help out around the house.  These women are powerhouses of information, and believe it or not, you are one of them.  So while you shouldn’t hesitate to utilize this amazing resource in your time of need, don’t forget to reciprocate.  As part of this collective of moms who run a household, raise children, and continue on a career path simultaneously, you also have a ton of experience and insight that can help others in the same shoes.  Being a work-at-home mom can be tough, but connecting with other women to commiserate, question, and make new friends will give you the socialization and support network you need to stay balanced and love your unique life.

Jennifer Kardish writes for a website that specializes in home theater seating that will truly enhance your movie viewing experience.

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