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Kris and I have no children — though we have four cats — so we've never had to make this choice. Many of our friends have wrestled with the decision, though. For some, it makes more sense financially (and/or personally) for one parent to stay home. For others, the parents' incomes are large enough that it makes more sense for both to continue working. There's no one right answer.
I guess it depends on the daycare or nanny. I have mostly AIO's and a few pockets, I think they are so easy for anyone to use. They put on like a disposable, just instead of putting in the trash, put in a pail/wet bag which you would provide. I did disposables in the beginning with the constant newborn poops.. Mostly because my hubby is a negative Nancy, and I didn't want to buy a bunch of newborn size diapers that wouldn't last long. But now at almost 5 months we are mostly cloth. Although when my hubby ever changes her he always puts on disposables... It depends on the people around you and if they are willing to do try it. I work full time but lucky to bring my baby to work with me. I just use a wet bag and throw in the laundry. Being a working mom I don't think really matters, how hard is it to run a load of laundry? Just do an extra rinse cycle. Although, I'll tell you - it took me like a month to finally get the washing routine down! Lots of leaky diapers in the process. THAT almost made me give up. Good to go now! :) if you are anything like me, I was pretty determined to make this happen, so it was definitely going to happen!!
Akerson: A completely remote team comes with many benefits, the first of which is we can pull talent from anywhere in the country, and when jobs are posted, our pool of qualified applicants is always overflowing. Another benefit is that worktime is maximized – no commute means more productive working time. Employees LOVE the flexibility of scheduling their working hours around what works best for them and their family. We have a couple of weekly meetings, but otherwise employees are free to work whenever they want. This can mean late nights or early mornings for moms with very small children, but the benefit is truly work-life balance. The biggest benefit is that employees get to be part of a company whose mission they believe in, without worrying that they’re missing out on their children’s lives.
Our daytime streets may be completely empty of children over the age of three, and four- and five-year-olds are basically “going to work” each day and returning with the grown-ups, but those are their problems. No one can deny that working moms and dads are happier because the burden of childcare has been entirely lifted from their shoulders. They can now rest easy knowing that their children are safely tucked under the wings of certified teachers in bona fide school buildings, with all the resources and assurances of the provincial educational system.
Something that all of these calculators fail to look at is school expenses for the parents. I’m thirty-something (remember that show?), in college for the first time ever, and the proud papa of a school-aged child and a one year old. Not only do I lose money not working, but I then have to pay for daycare and after school stuff because I’m in school. Perhaps there should be a calculator that takes into account the soccer-mom running around (time/gas/wear), school costs not covered by federal money, and the need for things you can’t necessarily afford. Lawn care is an example of the last point. 12 class hours plus three hours of study per credit hour equals 48 hours devoted to school plus time spent driving. You can afford to mow yourself but there’s simply not time. Where’s the money for that, I wonder?
In her book Miserly Moms [my review], Jonni McCoy notes that frequently there's no financial advantage for both parents to continue working. Between the cost of childcare and the cost of working (food, transportation, clothing, etc.), the second salary in the family is effectively negated. But how can you know if you're one of those couples that can afford for one parent to remain at home?
We’re very happy with the choices we’ve made. Can everyone make these same choices? By no means. Everyone’s situation is different, everyone has different beliefs, everyone has different priorities, and everyone sees money in a different light. You have to make the best choice for you and your family regardless of what anyone or any website recommends. But do your homework and ask yourself, will I every regret any of this? Will I, in my retirement years, wish that I had more money or will I wish I had spent more time with my children? You have to use common sense and realize that you must make the best choice for your individual situation.
It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
I am not saying that my way is the only way. I am just saying if you are creative you can have the best of both worlds. DON’T let anyone tell you that you can’t as I have seen on here over and over again. If you are looking for a balance think outside the box. You dont need to “stuff envelopes”, or “deliver papers”. Use your passions, and your talents to your advantage. Be creative and even try brainstorming ideas based on your own financial and emotional needs with your husband/sig other.If anything it could make a nice date night :). the only person standing in your way of your dreams is yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t. I have had many tell me taht. Luckily I have a very strong relationship with my husband and we KNOW we CAN accomplish anything!! Which we have now proven to everyone ( including our parents who doubted us). Think positive and have a plan, have goals and dreams.Make sure you communicate those with your husband or sig other and develope your plan together it is the only way for it to work. But most of all DO NOT LET WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SAYS INFLUENCE YOUR DECISION AND YOUR DREAMS. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a working mom, there is nothing wrong with being a stay at home mom. You do what you know you need to do. If you do anything else you will not be happy. Take care of yourself for once, and put your needs first. no child will be happy if they have a mom and or dad who is unhappy. You need to make yourself happy BEOFRE you can make ANYONE else happy!!!!!
One way to make money at home is sell Valentus products. I am a product of the product…In four months I have lost 25 pounds and 25 inches with just drinking one cup of Valentus Slim Roast per day. I also sell the product and I make money doing it! All it cost was $20 US to become a consultant. I sell my products on my websites and thru word of mouth. That’s it!
Daycare will take anything, but I send pockets (variety of snaps and velcro) because I think it's easier for them. I send 4 pockets and a medium wet bag every day. We have a large variety of brands and I liked some better as an infant and others now that he's a toddler and I like some better for long car trips or outings and others better for being more trim. Just depends on what's going on for a particular day. In general, Tots Bots are my absolute because they unstuff themselves in the washer and the minky has never ever given me any repelling problems. They are also really absorbant. But the downside is that they are more expensive. Other than that, I really like BumGenius and Blueberry for their high absorbency, while Rumparooz and FuzziBunz are better when I want something more trim. Some people like investing in a single type, but I prefer a variety because DH and I differ in what we like the best (velcro for him, snaps for me) and because pockets on a 4 mo old fit differently than on a 22 mo old, aside from sizing differences, but I'm not going to buy different stashes.
Allow me to be entirely hypocritical here. I actually really dislike the full-day kindergarten program that has recently been introduced in my province, and which is available in various versions in most parts of Canada. Yet even though I’m not a fan, it’s true that this program is popular with working parents and certainly does help to make their lives easier.
Woolies: These can be diaper covers, pants (longies), shorts (shorties), or skirts (skirties). They are made of 100% wool and must be lanolized and washed separately from your other cloth. The benefit is that it is an all natural fiber whereas PUL is not, and some babies are allergic to PUL. The other benefit is that it is breathable allowing air to pass through, which helps cut down on diaper rashes when wetness is locked in. The downfall is that some moms find the lanolizing process time consuming.
Depending on which state a young parent lives in, that ratio of income-to-child-care costs is often even worse, the CAP study found. Take Massachusetts, for example. Women between the ages of 21 and 31 in that state have higher median incomes—$38,320 per year—when compared to their compatriots nationally. But the cost of putting two kids in a child care center in Massachusetts runs an average of $29,843 per year, according to 2015 data from the non-profit Child Care Aware of America. That’s a solid 78% of a young Massachusetts woman’s median salary.
Do you love being around dogs but can’t commit to having one of your own? There is a big demand for dog walking for people who work long hours away from the home as well as dog sitting for when dog owners go out of town. This would give you and your kids the perfect opportunity to have fun with a four-legged friend without having to adopt one of your own.
One way that people have been earning money online recently is going to your local stores and hitting the clearance section. Buy up a shopping cart full of stuff and then mail it to Amazon FBA (fulfilled by Amazon). Amazon then sells the items and mails them for you, and pays you your cut. There is even a really cool app for your phone that you can use in the store to scan the barcode and see how much money you could make selling it on Amazon, even including your shipping costs.
Choose a product that’s a good fit for you, and for which you feel there is a real and growing demand. It may be difficult to get your network of twenty-something friends to agree to host a skin care party, but a pole dancing party may have them lining up in droves to book for stagettes and birthdays, and telling everyone they know. Before signing up, ask your friends and family what they think of their products and pricing, and if they think it would be a good fit for you. Ask them to be brutally honest and listen with an open mind to their feedback.
Hi I’m a newly mother of a 3 month old girl. I have 0 money to put into starting a investment into anything. I’m not married. And am struggling to find a job to help support my daughter. Is there any ideas I can do without having to put money into it? I just don’t have that kind of investment…. Really would aprechate it. I need to have money for my baby girl and our two adopted kittens. Thank you for any help!
I cannot thank you enough for the info you provided! I went back to work before my son turned 4. Now he’s 12 & I feel like I’ve missed out on so many summers & just time together because I’m working 5 days a week. I plan to take a serious look at the opportunities you listed and hopefully I can find a way to stay home and still earn an income. Plus, I drive 60 miles a day, saving almost $300 a month in gas alone would go a long way! Thank you, thank you, thank you!