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You could watch a few children at home but you have to check your local rules about home daycares. Child care experience is good and CPR/first aid training.
What about working weekends?
As pps have already suggested, many corporations have jobs allowing employees to work from home (mine is one), but that always comes with the requirement that you have childcare. Even if it wasn't a "requirement" by your company, it is impossible - let me say it again, impossible - to work from home FT and care for your infant/toddler (basically pre school-aged child) at the same time. So, if that's the intention behind your question, don't try to find a FT job at home so you can keep your child out of daycare. You will never be effective at both and you will feel guilty about not being able to fully commit to either.
But, perhaps something like becoming a Mary Kay, Scentsy or Silpada consultant may offer you the flexibility to keep your child at home with you and still bring in an income. That's not my cup of tea but I do know people who are successful in those types of businesses. I think it takes a while to get to that point, but maybe something like that would be an option for you.
I am self-employed so I work from home. I can ONLY work when my son is in someone else's care or asleep. This has been the case since he was born - even as an infant I couldn't keep up without childcare. It has been VERY stressful to balance.
2 years in, I now find I work best if I commute to a university library and work there rather than at home. Really the only plus of me working for myself is that I make more in an hour than I would at an in-house position doing what I do, which allows me to work less. But I do have to work about 15-20 hours/week, and be the primary caregiver for LO and arrange all his care, etc.
I WFH full-time, and have been for a month since I relocated to a new city (and state). Prior to this arrangement, I WFH 3 days a week since having my youngest. (Prior to that, I worked in an office f/t.)
I work for a large corporation who is "progressive" in the sense that, with a formal arrangement and contract in place, I can do this. I have a very supportive boss and team - but, as I've been told, this arrangement wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't spent the prior 3 years proving myself to them.
I have no problem that this question is asked every week (though I think "searching" for the topic would be a good start before asking...); I think it's wrong people assume this ? gets posted for the reason that the poster wants to get paid to stay at home and watch their child(ren) while working. Maybe their current situation / commute is too long; maybe they need to work but they can't afford childcare so they're looking for something "non-traditional" to help. I know when I was laid off a few years ago, before I found out my unemployment benefits were being extended, I ended up getting a night shift job in a Mail Center because I couldn't afford daycare for 2 kids to work at a fast-food or retail business during the day.
That said, the others are right that childcare is definitely needed! Good luck!
My three sons.