Work-at-home moms have to navigate two conflicting worlds — parenthood and the workplace — all at the same time. Some sit down to write and check their email once their toddler is napping; others start their busy work day once the kids head off to school.
Whatever the case, the life of a work-at-home mom is often stressful. Work-at-home moms are often expected to be everywhere, for everyone, all at once.
But the perfect product can cut into the chaos and ease the anxiety of a self-structured life. Maybe you or another work-from-home mom in your life would love a meal kit delivery service to simplify lunchtime — or maybe a back massager or a cute home-office accessory would elevate your work day to a whole new level.
A planner that will keep her calm, cool, and collected
Work-at-home parenthood is all about managing both short- and long-term goals, and a quality planner is key to mastering the balancing act. This colorful edition has plenty of room to track daily, weekly, and monthly tasks alike, and comes with fun extras like stickers to add a little celebration into every day.
Kaleidoscope LifePlanner, $55.00 at Erin Condren.
A name plate to personalize her at-home work space
A work-at-home mom’s crown jewel and central hub of activity is her home office. This handmade, customizable wooden name plate will let you claim your desk as your creative haven.
Personalized Desk Name Plate, $26.24+ at RusticHomesCo/Etsy.
A sleek lap table that will allow her to work just about anywhere
Working on the couch, bed, or even outside just became easier with this ergonomic lap desk. The design protects your legs from a laptop’s heat — and the screen from scratching or slipping.
Kneestation Lap Table, $100.00 at Uncommon Goods.
A mug made for drinking coffee like a boss
Coffee is a work-at-home parent’s lifeblood, and this pink mug will remind you, “Boss Lady,” to stay motivated as you sip. The gold-lettering-embossed mug comes with a stirring spoon and matching lid.
Jumway Boss Lady Mug, $19.99 on Amazon.
The healthy way to get meals on the table in 15 minutes flat
Work-at-home parents often have to wrestle with scrounging up lunch and dinner on top of their work responsibilities. Meal kits can be a godsend, and with nutritious options that go from bag to stove to table in just 15 minutes on average, Gobble is one of the best on the market.
Gobble Gift Card, starting at $75 on Gobble.
A mood-boosting, depression-fighting desk lamp
Especially if you live in a wintry region or don’t get enough sleep (and what mom does?), LED light therapy is an easy way to stave off seasonal depression and beat the blues. This USB-powered desk lamp delivers 10,000-lux full-spectrum LED light with a compact, adjustable design.
Circadian Optics Luxy Light Therapy Lamp, $39.99 on Amazon.
Headphones that close out the chaos
Background noise is a major distraction when you’re trying to apply laser-focus to your work. These state-of-the-art noise-canceling headphones from SONY adapt to a specific environment, lowering the chaos in the background and adjusting music volume to help the listener focus on what’s in front of them.
SONY Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones, $199.99 at Best Buy.
A streamlined guide to unlocking success
Work-from-home moms often have to be their own boss, managing their time and finances even while juggling child care and domestic tasks. Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code is the perfect, motivating pick-me-up guide for every working mom or aspiring entrepreneur who needs a boost.
Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur, $13.50 at Amazon.
A desk stool that lets you stay active during business hours
Sitting at a desk all day can leave anyone lethargic, drained, and sore. This accordion-style ergonomic stool is a much more flexible alternative to a desk chair, keeping users’ cores tight and hips relaxed as they work.
Ergonomic Active Sitting Stool, $100 at Uncommon Goods.
The stylish way to stay in a robe all day
Working at home comes with both pros and cons, but one of the undisputed perks is being able to work in a robe, right? This peacock-and-floral print is pretty enough to feel like a dress, but the comfortable, stretchy fabric is pure bathrobe luxury.
At Day’s End Knit Robe, $39.99 at Modcloth.
A soothing answer to laptop-induced back pain
Back and neck pain are often a major struggle for people who work at a desk all day. This portable massage cushion plugs in anywhere and can be used at the desk, couch, or in the car, targeting trigger points in the back, legs, and neck across four massage modes.
Viotek Air Comfort Massage Cushion, $59.99 on Amazon
A way to nurse comfortably without leaving the home office
If you’re working from home with a new baby, the Boppy Nursing Pillow is a game-changer for comfortable nursing, tummy time, and lounging. Some at-home employees say they even use it to nurse at the desk while their little one stays propped in a comfortable, safe position.
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, $39.99 on Buy Buy Baby
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