When one parent is deployed, children of military families often face emotional challenges. The parent remaining at home can take steps to minimize those challenges and make a deployment as positive as possible. A deployment will never be fun, but you also do not have to be miserable for its duration.
When you’re a work-at-home, stay-at-home parent, being professional can be one of your biggest challenges. While you may try to do most of your work during naptime or after the kids go to bed, you still must deal with people in the regular business world on regular business times. This means that inevitably you will have to make that important phone call with a two-year-old screaming “I want to talk!” in the background.
You may slip and tell a client, “I had the report ready on time, but was sidetracked by a poo explosion” or slip into baby talk in an e-mail. While some people will understand, not all will be as forgiving. For the sake of your career, it’s important to take additional measures to ensure professionalism.