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Going to work in your home office while wearing comfortable yoga pants instead of commuting an hour to a glorified cubicle while wearing business attire might seem like a pipe dream.


Can you really have a successful career without a commute while having more time to spend with your kids?

From the jobs that really can be done from home to whether you need childcare, we’re debunking 5 myths about working from home.


Myth #1: The only jobs available for working from home are in customer service + IT/web development.

So false! In fact, most of the tools used in an office setting are the same used from home, including instant messaging, email, document sharing, etc. Recent listings for home-based positions prove that they can be found in almost every industry, and ranging in experience from entry-level to executive.

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Some examples include CEO, lawyer, RN coach, gardening expert, online shopping gift editor, elementary teacher, claims investigator, microbiologist and a membership development manager. (Check out sites like Apres and Fairygodboss for more job openings.)

Myth #2: You won’t be as productive.

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False! Studies have shown that without the distractions from coworkers stopping by your desk for chats coupled with other in-office interruptions, employees are much more productive working from home. In fact, researchers noted in a 2012 study, “We find a 12% increase in performance from home-working, of which 8.5% is from working more minutes per shift (fewer breaks and sick-days) and 3.5% from higher performance per minute (quieter working environment).”

Myth #3: It’s hard to get work done at home with all the chores that need to be done.

Could be true, but it’s up to you to change!

Working from home isn’t for everyone because it does require self-discipline. A common successful approach is to set designated “working hours” and focus only on your job during those times. Does this mean you can’t throw in a load of laundry while on a coffee break? No, but it does mean you should put off folding any clothes until you hear the clock strikes 5.

Myth #4: You won’t need childcare.

So not true.

Although some moms think working from home is a way to save money on childcare, this is really not recommended if you take your professional job seriously. Both your work and your child deserve your undivided attention, and ideally should not be interrupting each other or competing for time. Otherwise you’ll likely shortchange both.

Plan for a reliable school situation or a caregiver for the hours when you’re dedicated to work so you can remain focused and accomplish your goals in a shorter amount of time. With your tasks completed, you’ll be less stressed and more excited when it comes to playing patty-cake!

Myth #5: The office + your boss will forget about you.

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That’s entirely up to you!

Be proactive in your communications and initiate conversations, questions or collaboration with your colleagues.

Also seek out ways to measure your productivity, and schedule regular meetings with your boss and peers to review progress as a great way to stay in the loop and to show them you’re contributing. It’s also a good idea to take the time to touch base by email/IM with your coworkers, and, if possible, meet for lunch from time to time.

And therein lies the truth about working from home!

—Sara Sutton Fell, CEO & Founder of FlexJobs.com

A version of this article was originally published on Working Mother.

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Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

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