Child Care Options For Stay At Home Moms And Dads

Last Update: July 31, 2016

Affordable Child Care Options For The Stay At Home Business Parent

Hi Folks

A different blog from my usual 'Help' ones and this is because I do have a lot of young women who follow me. Time and time again I give tips and advice and don't see them implemented as soon as they should be. The highest percent of reasons is usually put down to having kids and all that entails when looking after them. This involves getting them up in the morning, feeding them, getting them off to school, picking them up from school, extracurricular activities they're involved in to mention just a few.

Although working at home can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world, one of the biggest obstacles can come from the ones we love the most - our kids. To be successful home business owners, we must find affordable and effective child care to maximize our work at home productivity.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle for the stay at home business mom or dad is the kids. That screaming toddler is not going to be quiet when you have business calls or take that nap to let you get your work done. This will be the same child who will eat all of your post-its and stick food into your hard drive. As you are ripping your hair out and getting more and more frustrated you will wonder what the point of working at home was if you were going to still need childcare. You were probably envisioning no more commutes, flexible hours, and lunch with the kids’ everyday.

Your childcare options are flexible as well. That is the beauty of being self-employed. Here are some of the most common affordable ways to take care of kids while you build your family's fortune from home:

(1) Childcare Co-op:

Find a group of work at home parents and swap off childcare duties. You can keep track of how many hours you watch each child and use the time you accrue when you need it most. The great thing about this is it is free. The downside is that you will have to give up work time to handle other people’s children.

(2) Trading or Mom-swapping:

This is the smaller version of co-op. this will involve you and a good friend trading off childcare days. Make sure you set clear boundaries about when you will take the other child and when they will take yours. You don’t want to be taken advantage of. You will also want to make sure the kids like each other and get along well. If they don’t then this will end up being a bad experience.

(3) Sitter Sharing:

Share a sitter with a friend. You can have the sitter watch both kids at the same time and split the cost or use the sitter on alternate days. Make sure that you have a written agreement on how the sitter is used and what you will be paying to avoid any unseen complications.

(4) Barter:

Trade your products and services with a neighbour or friend in exchange for childcare. This will keep you from spending money and still pay the person doing the care for you.

(5) Day Care:

You will find that the right day care center will be a rewarding experience for both child and parent. Which day care is best is entirely up to you and beyond the scope of this blog. Costs vary from center to center and from state to state. But, you will find that the return on investment will be worth it because of your greater focus and productivity.

To come up with inexpensive childcare solutions you must have great networking prowess. Spread the word that you are looking for childcare to everyone you know. Think in terms of trading and business opportunities. You are looking for a partner in business deal. This will help you to get what you need. Some moms are lucky to have businesses that are kid friendly. They are the lucky for sure. Those ladies who have to make endless phone calls or have meetings may find that childcare of some sort is unavoidable. Try your best to get the right childcare for you and not spend an arm and a leg getting it.

I believe that I have made some valid points but I know that I as a mere male will probably have got it completely wrong and if so please feel free to put me in my place with a comment below.

Have a great day folks wherever you are in the world.

Robert Allan

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trailhound Premium
Something I had not considered as all my kids are grown.
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Robert-A Premium
I take it you have not yet enjoyed the joys of being a grandad yet Richard.
Its great coz you can hand them back lol.
Thank you for your comment and enjoy the day.
Robert
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trailhound Premium
Actually, Robert I have 10 grandchildren, and I agree with being able to hand them back. They are a joy!
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Robert-A Premium
Sorry - 10 will be a handful all at once lol
Robert
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JudeP Premium
All valid ideas Robert - thankfully I'm past that stage now :)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Jude - c'mon now, never say never or are you past it lol.
My oldest daughter is going through the 'Change' as they say and she doesn't like it one bit - I have told her - god forbid you want another one lol.

Seen her last weekend and bought her a new Smart Phone to cheer her up so she went home happy anyway lol

Thank you for your comment Jude and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Robert
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JudeP Premium
Past it and missing certain necessary bits ROFL!
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Robert-A Premium
Sorry Jude I can never understand those Initial messages I get except lol or lmao
I will ask one of my girls so hope its not rude lol.
Enjoy your Sunday evening.
Robert
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MyraBeth Premium
Another option is Grandma. But then, Grandma may be busy building her own online business. :)

Another option is to live tightly on one income and one parent be home full time with the kids.

I worked in day cares. Be sure to check them out very carefully. Had to report one of the day cares to Child Care Protection Services. Visit when not expected, and keep your eyes and ears open. Always make sure your baby or child is happy at the day care. There are good day cares, but you do need to be watchful.

The best option is to teach online entrepreneur skills in high school, so that young adults have build their home businesses financial success, before having children. Then, they can afford the best daycare or nanny care available.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Myra and thank you for your comment.
I was going to mention grandparents as they were usually the dropping off point for babysitting duty.
But a lot of grandparents are no longer available now because they have their own lives to lead and even in retirement they find themselves busy with their own activities.
There are lots of people like myself and you who are now retired and see what we are doing.
Its great to see the grandkids but its equally great that you can hand them back lol and do it on a full time basis - no thank you far too busy doing my own thing lol.
So with grandma and grandpa out of the picture of course you want your kids to be safe and it has to be a priority.
Like your suggestion about teach entrepreneurship at school as well.
Now there's an idea that could take off in a big way.
Enjoy your Sunday Myra.
Robert
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lynnsam61 Premium
Robert,

I think it's wonderful that a mere male could come up with these creative solutions :) Hats off to you!!! When my kids were young I had a successful business that I ran from home (employee benefits insurance broker, lots of phone calls). I was also fortunate to have a female partner who didn't have any children at the time. I tried 1 and 3 and they worked very well for me.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Lynn and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Quite a deviation from my normal blog but people tend to forget there is a family life in the background that has needs and wants to be taken care of as well.
Get that sorted and you're well on your way to being a successful at home entrepreneur.
Enjoy your Sunday and hope you're enjoy all those PDFs.
Robert
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just checked and it was another Lynn - sorry but if you do want them then give me an email address in a PM.
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theresroth Premium
Seems you've done some excellent research- doesn't matter whether one is man or woman, doing the research and getting the info out- that's what counts!
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Therese and thank you for your comment.
Glad you approve and yes it doesn't matter if you're male/female. Kids are kids and business is business whether its at home or not the kids needs have to be taken care of if you are ever to make a success at earning an income.
Enjoy your Sunday and hope you got those PDFs ok.
Robert
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