"Ask Jane"

Ask Jane is a new "Dear Abby-style" feature here at Send your relationship questions to Jane at [email protected]. Work-at-home moms have to deal with some tough issues; work is home and home is work. Don't face your problems alone ... Ask Jane!

Here's the first question, which comes from our message boards:

I have a 2 year old daughter, and I currently live with my parents who will not let me forget that I had a child out of wedlock. Worse, they think that they have to constantly punish me. They don't think that I am supposed to leave the house unless I'm going to church or school. I have decided to work from home, but they won't let me do the business that I can do (network marketing). They abhor networking and they really abhor sales, but that's what I love to do. They keep telling me to wait, while my child keeps growing out of her clothes and eating and etc. and etc. I'm just about at my wits end. Its so frustrating for my worst enemies to be the very people who are supposed to be my support.

JANE'S THOUGHTS: First, kudos to you for knowing what you want and the positive steps you've taken (dedicating yourself to raising your daughter, wanting to be a work-at-home mom, discovering a career that makes you name a few!). Parents (you and I are no exceptions :-) often feel they know what's best for their children and they're advice or opinions can feel punishing. BUT don't give up on them! Their willingness to share their home with you and their granddaughter leads me to believe they care and gives me hope. Try talking to them - parent to parent. Remember to respect their opinions and ask for the same in return. Share why working at home appeals to you as a single parent. Share your passion for what you want to do and the reasons you love it so. When they see you in the role of a responsible parent doing what's best for your child and understand you are acting in your daughter's best interests they may just give you a little of the emotional support - and trust! - you need.


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