Alternative work arrangements
- Work out an arrangement with your employer to do some or all of your work from home.
- If you can't work from home, try to get fluctuating hours so you can accommodate childcare, maybe you can consider a part time job?
- Find an employment you can do from home, nowadays, there are lots of different jobs to do from the home which allows you to be present for your children.
- You could also look into starting a webshop, or Etsy store if you're crafty.
- Sell your services to friends and family: you could do some part time babysitting in your home, or bake cookies or whatever your talent is - which you can practice at home - sell it or trade it for something you need.
There are lots of ways to arrange childcare that are a continuation to the warm family home:
- If you have a partner, try to find out a way how your children are cared for by the two of you as much as possible. This may mean that one of you works the weekends, or starts work earlier than the other. You might still need alternative childcare, but oit won't have to be full time.
- Get a friend or family member to care for your child in your house or in theirs.
- See if you can work out an arrangement with a friend or neighbor who is at home (thinking retired or stay at homer mother): you could do shopping or mow the lawn in return for babysitting.
- If none of these options are available, opt for small in-home daycare, where there are only a few children. Try it out and get to know the caregiver beforehand.
- If finances are an issue, it's important we investigate the way we are living. Write down all of your expenses during a month and make a budget accordingly, categorizing all expenses (transport - housing - food - clothing - luxuries - other). If you have done this meticulously during a month, you'll be able to pinpoint where your expenses can be fine tuned. Perhaps your housing cost is overboard and you should consider downsizing? Maybe you spend a lot on transport and should consider a smaller/more economical car or public transportation.
- It might be time to consider what you really need and what part of your lifestyle is actually compensating for the lack of family time, maybe there is more happiness to be found in a more minimalistic approach to life
- Make your calculations well: read how sometimes staying at home actually saves you money
- You can also make a nice amount of money just by selling the stuff you'rte not using anymore: sell your old clothes to second hand stores or websites, have a yard sale, sell antiques and attic finds in speciality stores or on ebay.
Sometimes if we think outside the box, we can find solutions that are beneficial to the whole community.
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