The Working Parent Balance
As parents, it can often feel like our kids are the boss of us. In many ways, they are. There’s just
one problem; they don’t pay! Only kidding. We do what we do for our children out of love. But,
there are still bills to be paid. And, once your kids go to school, you have some chance of
contributing again. But, it’s not as straight cut as that. You need to ensure you can work flexibly.
You need a job with hours that don’t hinder your childcare. But, is there any such thing? There’s
no denying your options are limited. But, there are some choices to consider. Here’s a
breakdown of a few of them.
In many circumstances, shift work isn’t ideal. But, for a parent, it could be the perfect thing.
Shifts allow you to work different times through the day. So, instead of the standard 9-5, you
could work, say 10-3 and be home in time for school pickup. And, the best part is, there’s a lot
of shift work out there. Many people avoid it because of shorter hours and unreliable over time.
But, us parents can snap it up. Head to job search engines like www.careerbuilder.com to get
an idea of what’s available. This type of work should also serve you well over school holidays.
For the most part, you’ll be able to swap or change your shift pattern as you need to. Just make
sure to give your employer plenty of notice. Otherwise, they may not have time to find a way to
make it work!
WORKING FROM HOME
Working from home is the dream job for most parents. It means you can set your hours, and be
there for your kids at the drop of a hat. The good news is, there are plenty of work at home
options to consider. If you have a creative side, why not break into blogging? While this can be
a slow starter, it could end up earning you big bucks. Look at other blogs to see if it’s something
that interests you. If you decide you’d like to give it a go, check out sites like Blogging.com.
Here, you can pick up tips on how to make a success of things! Or, maybe you want to nurture a
skill you already have. If you worked as a receptionist before, you could see if there are any
from home PA jobs available. Again, there are quite a few out there. Bear in mind, though, that
you may need to head to the office on certain days!
COINCIDE WITH YOUR PARTNER
Another option available is to find a job which corresponds with your spouse’s. This isn’t easy,
but it would mean that your kids are never without either you or your man. Which is best all
round, right? If he works early mornings, look for an evening job, or vice versa. This way, you
can do any career you fancy, so long as the hours are right!