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Childcare Tips For Work-At-Home Moms

Once my husband and I discovered that we were expecting our first child, we had a series of serious discussions that led to our decision that after our baby was born, I would leave my current professional position and become a work-at-home mom. We have a beautiful home that my husband and I both work hard to keep clean and organized, and I love spending time at home, so creating a home office for the new chapter in my career was a positive and exciting experience.

After talking to several of my friends from work and university who also made the difficult decision to leave their careers to begin a new career at home, I realized that my husband and I had to research child-care options. My friends cautioned me that working at home can become overwhelming without the support of one’s husband and family. They mentioned that I have to make time for myself to work and consider utilizing good quality child-care to give me some time alone to concentrate on my home business.

Here are a list of ideas that my friends and I created from our discussions:

1) Get your Husband On Board:
The first step that us work-at-home moms should take while searching for quality child-care is to ask for our husband’s help and time. Mothers can ask their hubbies to assist them with caring for their children once the husbands are home from work in the evenings and on weekends. Brainstorm ideas with your husband as to how both of you can manage your work time better and have more time to devote to your children. A healthy marriage involves both husband and wife contributing to the childcare and household chores. Build your husband’s self-esteem and allow him to feel that you genuinely trust and have confidence in his fathering abilities.

2) Develop a Supportive Childcare Network:
Talk to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and fellow church-members who have children and set up a schedule where you will help take care of their children when you are free and they will watch your children for you when you are busy. Grandmothers love to spend time with their grandchildren, so don’t hesitate in talking to your mother and mother-in-law about coming to your home once or several times a week to help take care of your children. Neighbors with children are good people to connect with, as your may take turns take care of one another’s children without having to spend time driving across town to drop them off and pick them up.

3) Hire A Childcare Giver:
When your husband, family, friends and neighbours are not readily available to care for your children while you focus on your home business, then a trustworthy and knowledgeable baby-sitter may be a real life-saver. Consider asking your close family and friends for recommendations for child-care givers. Maybe put a notice at your husband’s place of employment or your church to help find a qualified baby-sitter. Interview each potential child-care giver before hiring them to watch your children.


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