When it comes to working it is important to make sure it has a schedule that will work for you and your family. If you have young children or children in school you will have a variety of issues to consider. What are your skills and kind of jobs you are looking for? Also, will you be paid what you are worth based on your education and experience? Are you going to be happy with your job? Also, what type of schedule is necessary with your job? Do you have help from either the dad or family or friends when there is a problem and you need help?
The best job would have a schedule that would either be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or allow you to do some of your work from home if the need arose. This could be a sick child, school delay or cancellation or some kind of emergency. Then you still will need child care, but not for long if all of your children are in school. It would be even better if your children could go to the child care before and/or after school that would be in the same school system. Then the bus could pick them up and drop them off at the child care.
If you are a nurse or in the medical field somehow, you will need to take into consideration what type of nurse you are and how that affects your schedule. There will be weekends involved. If possible, you might consider seeing if you can work it out that your weekends are when they are with their dad so that you don’t have to worry about child care. Also, if possible, you will need to try and stay away from the evening shift, unless you have a family member or friend who can help you out. Now if you are a nurse at a doctor’s office, you may not have as much of a problem.
Maybe you work well working for yourself instead of others. Then you can work from home, whether it is cleaning houses, offices or apartment complexes. You could even work with landlords who rent their properties who need people to clean the house when they have tenants leave. Or maybe you can freelance as a Virtual Assistance, Writer, and Editor or just about anything else. This would allow for a schedule that would fit what is going on with your family. It may be this will help save money for child care, whether all of your children are at school or not. It is important to know how much work you can take on when working from home because you are at home. It will be easy to get distracted in cleaning, cooking and other things. It will be important to have a place you can work that won’t be a distraction for you.
Having a back up for child care in case of emergencies will be important. Whether this is your child care provider, family or friends, you need to have a plan. Make sure you communicate well the backup plan with all those involved. When you don’t, there will be problems in child care. Make sure to not take advantage of those who may be helping you for free, like family and friends. You need their help and you don’t want them to find excuses why they can’t help you. Let them know how much you appreciate all they do to help you out.
Some need the structure of working in an office or in an environment that is not home. Then there are others who can work at home without any problems. It is up to you to know what you can do. If it has been awhile since you have done either of them, it will take some bit of an adjustment to get into the swing of it. But knowing the schedule that will work for your family will make all the difference. You need to be able to take care of your children, not just financially, but also as a mom, so you need to know that the schedule you have will allow you to be able to do this.