As a single mom you know that providing for your children is important. That may mean you need to go find a job, if you don’t already have one. Or it may mean getting a different job if you have been working part-time or one that doesn’t pay well or doesn’t work with the new schedule you now have. Whatever the reason for the job, it is important to make sure you find the right job for you. If you aren’t, it will only add more stress to your life, and you don’t need any more stress than necessary in your life.
If you don’t have a lot, or any, family and friends around, it can be difficult to work a job other than one that is from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. because of school and child care schedules. This will also mean a job that doesn’t require weekends, unless you can bring your kids for the short time you may have to work or it is a weekend that they are with their dad. But it will be important, that if this is the type of job you have that you make sure you are able to make enough to work with the budget that is necessary to keep your family going. Don’t settle for just any job. You need to make sure you are getting paid what you are worth for the work you are doing. Also, they need to be understanding of your taking time if your kids are sick or willing to work with you if there is a school delay, etc.
Maybe you will work from home. This can be an option for you to set your own schedule and can work whether you have children at home or not. It allows for the flexibility of the doctor’s appointments, school meetings, school delays or cancellations, other appointments that you may have because of receiving WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc. Whether your clients are from around the area you live or not working from home can really help you. You can take on the load that you are able to take on. If children are home you can work around nap times and once they start going to bed and even before they get up in the morning. Maybe there are designated times they are to work on something while you are working as well. But make sure you don’t get distracted by things needing to be done around the home. Even have someone who can watch the children if your clients are near you and you have meetings with them.
If you are going to school, then you may not be working full-time, so finding a schedule that will work with your class schedule and what is going on with the children and child care will be important. If you have every other weekend you can work, that may be able to help you out as well. Also, you can try picking up extra hours when the children go with their father for holidays, during the summer or other visits.
If you have a job that will require regular weekend work and it occasionally hits the weekends you have the children it will be important to have family and/or friends who will be willing to watch the children for you. There are some jobs that will require you to work weekends or the occasional night or stay late. If possible, see if the weekends you work can be when the children are with their dad, the better it is for everyone involved. Also knowing the hours your child care provider is available if you have to work late. Know their policy if you are late.
Depending on the type of job that you have, it is important to make sure that you find one that has a schedule that will work for you and your family. When necessary it will be important to have family and friend who can help you when necessary, whether it is when you have sick children and can’t get off work, have school delays, work late or on weekends. You don’t want to take advantage of them, but knowing they are available in case of an emergency, then it will put you at ease.