Q&A Featuring Patricia Batoba Jones On Being a WAHM (Work-At-Home-Mom) Behavioral Health Counselor

Hi everyone! As promised, I am back today with another Q&A about being a  WAHM (work-at-home-mom), but this time I am collaborating with a fellow blogger/writer, Patricia Batoba Jones.

I’m so excited to feature her on my blog, as I have known for…what…about 15 years or something! Please follow her IG @pjwrites and her blog at pbjwrites.com.

Here we go…

What exactly do you do?

I’m a Behavioral Health Counselor for a healthcare insurance company. I do utilization review,s which are mental health assessments for psychiatric hospitals and determine how much the insurance company will cover for a patient stay in a psych hospital. My role also consists of responding to crisis calls.

How did you find your job?

I’ve been in the health insurance industry for the past 6 years and I’ve been working from home for the last 4 years so I always keep up with the market and new career opportunities within health insurance companies. I found my current job after I had my first kid and stayed at home with her for over a year. I was looking for a part-time position that would allow me to work and still be available for my daughter as she had particular medical needs after being born preemie. Unfortunately, when I applied, the part-time position was filled and the only position available was a full-time one. I accepted the job but after working nearly 6 months, it wasn’t working for our family; hence,  I applied for another part-time position that had opened up, working overnight on weekends. I was offered the position and it has been working great for my family so far, allowing me to attend to all of my daughter’s activities during the week and have more life/work balance. 

What is your schedule like as a WAHM?

As previously stated, I work overnight on weekends. My schedule is Fridays from 12:30a-8:30a and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30p-8:30a. It can be tough staying up at night until your body gets adjusted. I guess the hardest part of this schedule is you don’t get to do evening activities on the weekends with the hubby or go to parties at night but we’re in a season in our lives as a young family where most of our activities are during the day and we understand that it’s just a phase. Parenting comes with sacrifices and right now this is one of them for my husband and I; but I’m very grateful to be able to stay home with my daughter. 

Do your kids go to Daycare?

Yes, I send my kid to daycare twice a week. On Mondays because after working 32 hours overnight on weekends, I’m a zombie on Mondays. I send her off so I can rest all day. I also send her another day of the week just so she can have social interaction with other kids as well as I believe kids learn from other kids.

Do you like working from home? Is it really as great? Or is it lonely?

Yes, I LOVE it! After having my kid and staying home with her for over a year, I missed being in the office, adult conversation so I actually went back working in the office for a while and I hated it! I hated mainly the traffic and having to come back home late. I also quickly realized that after you have a kid, how convenient working from home makes it for taking care of household chores. I agree that it can get lonely, missing interaction with other professionals and learning from them but I make sure to make time for outings, lunches with friends, family, mommy groups, etc…

What can you advise for someone who wants to work from home full-time?

 I believe in this day and age of technology, more and more companies want their employees to WAH (work at home) so there are more jobs offering those opportunities, you just have to be looking and be creative. My current position requires a Master’s degree in counseling, social work or any human science field–and they’re always hiring. You may have to work in the office for 6 months or so before you start working from home. Flexjobs.com is a site that I used a lot to look for WAH positions. Finally, I’m a believer so I believe in God’s favor, that if you make your request known to the Lord that He will lead you to that job you’re looking for. I believe God can create a position that best suits you because you are His. I didn’t think they would let me work from home after being with this company for less than 6 months then switching positions, or that I could find a part-time position working from home with a Master’s degree salary and full-time benefits, but somehow God worked it out! So, the moral of the story is trust God and have faith!

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