Well the news has just come in that you are a parent. How are you going to provide for your child?
Joining The 9-5 Grind
So you have decided to go to work. Punch that time clock.
First thing you have to do is write a resume. What is a resume you ask? A quick advertisement of who you are? It lists your skill, abilities, and accomplishments. It’s not an autobiography.
Next step would be to start attending job fairs for openings that you are interested in. Apply to your choice and wait for them to respond. Sometimes this can take weeks but at rare times it may only take hours.
The major drawbacks to this are that you may bring in money but you will not see you child much because you are busy with work. The majority of the money you do earn is going into someone else pocket.
Then comes the initial interview where you “sell yourself” and explain why you are the best person for the job. Most times you will have to wait a few day or weeks while the job makes their finial decision.
Hopefully you will then be called back for a second interview where you will discuss all the nut and bolt points of the job, all the benefits, things like that.
NOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE BECAUSE YOU GOT A JOB!!!
or can you?
Now you must find a place for your child to stay, transportation, clothes, a place to live…
When you choose this opinion there needs to be at least one parent working/bringing in an income for this to work.
There were two studies done that gave evidence that stay-at-home moms whose children were 2-3 years were better behaved than those in day care full-time. This could be because these children were able to get more one-on-one time than those in the day-care system. It was noted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the University of Minnesota that the children in day-care were more stressed and showed more aggression. There were also studies that found benefits of having a parent at home that extended beyond the early years. They found an increase in school performance clear up into the high-school age. Of course the most impact was seen in younger children but I thought it was interesting that there was improvement also in an older child.
If you get concern about your child not having enough social skills because you are keeping them at home with you, then you do have options such as Mom’s Day Out or babysitting co-op so you can have some “me” time and the kids can have social time.
When we talk about school age kiddos, their homeschooling test scores are above average by 15-30 points. This is a significant jump. This is in a report given by the National Educational Association.
Work From Home
WOW this might seem like the perfect idea. There are positive and negative to this just like any other plan. Let me tell you just a few.
On the positive side, there is no commute time, no traffic to worry about. That sounds like a plus in my book. No gas to have to buy for your commute either. You can also save on parking if that is something you have to pay. Car maintenance not needed as much. Less need for public transportation if you have no car such as me.
Now we will talk about one of the greatest benefits I feel, you will be your own boss. You will set your own hours. You can work from anywhere and I mean ANYWHERE. Maybe I should have started with this first since I feel this is something that is important and meaningful.
One drawback is that if you have small children it may be hard to juggle work hours and family time. This can be easier with older children though.
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Another drawback is the isolation and loneliness that can come when you have no co-workers to communicate with. Unfortunately a computer usually doesn’t talk back. A work at home person must get creative and find ideas to help solve this problem.
Some companies have groups built in that will have meetings online to help with this issue.
There is always the going to the local coffee house to work for a few hours each day or joining online forums. Of course this does eat into your actual work time so you can’t spend all your time here.
Many people have a difficulty separating work hours from home time. What I mean by this is that since they are at home they will think “Oh since I am here I will throw a load of laundry in the wash and then get back to work”. This is incorrect thinking. Stop and think, if you were working at a brick and mortar job would you run home to put on a load of laundry, and then come back to work? Then don’t do it when you are working at home. It just takes some common sense and planning.
If you have any questions or need a hand, feel to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,