Childcare for Single Moms at Work

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by Denise on December 27, 2010 · 1 comment

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Single moms often find themselves in the midst of a tough decision: when your child is sick and you have to be at work, what do you do? Many childcare services won’t take care of your child if they are sick, running a fever, or otherwise feeling under the weather. But at the same time, your boss might not be very understanding when it comes to sick children and having to take more than your share of sick days. So what is a single mom to do when she finds herself in that very tough place?

Finding reliable childcare for single moms can be difficult, but it is worth the long search. Start with day care centers that cater to single moms and understand that sometimes, the hours you might need them don’t fit into a neat box. Several day care centers will offer extended hours for a small fee.

Many schools offer before-school and after-school programs for children who need a bit more time before their parents get off work. If you have a child who is of school age, this might be a good option. It provides care for your child and very little disruption when you have to work later than usual.

If you can find a close friend or family member to care for your child during those times when you have to work late, you are in luck! Many single moms turn to friends and family for childcare to make life a bit easier.

During those sick days, working something out with your employer might be your best bet. If you can trade in vacation days for sick days, it might solve your problem and allow you to stay home with your child when they are sick. Also consider speaking to your employer about flex time, or telecommuting during those days when you need to be home with your child.

Many employers realize that single moms have a lot to offer their positions, and work better when they know their children are in good hands. Allowing more time to deal with family obligations like childcare is an important benefit more employers are offering as of late. So don’t be afraid to ask – you never know what might happen!

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.


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Angie December 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Always have a back up. If your child is sick, see if your community has a sick program for kids. I know that a hospital not too far away has a program where they may attend if they are sick. I am not sure what the requirements are, but my friend has taken her son there before when she could not take time off from work when he was sick.

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