Single Moms Working From Home: The Childcare Situation

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by Denise on December 23, 2010 · 1 comment

in Childcare

Single moms who work from home have to have childcare, too. Many people believe that single moms who work from home actually sit around watching talk shows all day, but that is hardly the case. As a working single mom knows, sometimes it’s impossible to do it all, even if you’re working at home. Your work day never ends, but neither does your child’s need for attention.

Many single moms working from home make rules that their children must heed, just as rules for chores or playtime. Their children understand that when mommy is on the phone, there are no interruptions. Or when the office door is closed, that means it’s time for work for mom. But even then, mothers have to have child care for their children when they are trying to work.

So what do you do? There are several options for childcare, but the best is in-home babysitting that is there when you need it. Perhaps you can schedule certain days to work, and those days include the babysitter in your home, entertaining your child while you get things done. Or you can work half-days and ask your babysitter to be there for that, then finish paperwork and other odds and ends after your children are tucked away in bed.

Older children will understand better, and can be involved in your work. Set up a desk for your middle-school children and let them know they can work on their homework after school while you finish up what you’re doing. Allow your teenagers to help you handle certain aspects of your work that you might find tedious, and pay them a nice salary for doing it. Even young children can be good at organizing and filing, if you supervise them on how to do it the first few times.

Finally, if you have a childcare solution that involves family and friends, that’s even better. Working at home as a single mom is supposed to allow you to spend more time with your children, and having family involved will help with that goal.

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 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

If you do work from home, then you can have a sitter come to your home so it is more familar to your kids. Plus then if you are needed you are right there. Plus since you are using your lights, food, etc the sitter may even charge you less. It is a great trade.

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