Jennifer and Steve made the decision a couple of years ago that Jenn would work as a professional for a local company and Steve would be the full-time, caregiving stay-at-home dad. But while Steve loves this opportunity to raise their two young children, he misses a little of the independence he had before the children came. Steve has been checking online for jobs that he could do from home to earn a little extra money but finds himself confused by many of the at-home opportunities for the additional income.
Whoever said that staying at home to look after children and the home was easy? Anyone who has experienced taking on the primary responsibility of caring for children knows it’s more than a full-time job. Handling school obligations and social schedules on top of the domestic responsibilities of managing a household is a workload that is never done, and I don’t know anyone who has successfully balanced both. Anyone who believes that SAHDs are lazy must never have been in in a stay-at-home position themselves.
Switching places also forced Jon to reevaluate how he felt about the couple’s marital roles. “For Jon, suddenly his role was changed as well and he dealt with a lot of his own pressures, like the thoughts, “I should be the one working, I should be the one making the money, I should be gone all day,’” says Jen. “It was a change for both of us. Both good and bad. Even though it is what we both wanted, it comes with its share of challenges.”
Not a job you’d want to do until your kid graduates high school (or even starts preschool, for that matter), but data entry positions are both easy to do and easy to get ⏤ requiring little more than a computer, internet connection, and an acute attention to detail. The average pay is around $15 per hour (although some companies base their rates on the number of entries a person keys in) and while a lot of data entry clerks are full-time employees with impressive 10-key typing scores, there are plenty of positions that parents can do late at night after the kids are asleep.
What It Is: Companies like Google and Yahoo! give you information to search for, and you tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for. Does a search for Lady Antebellum turn up sites about the music group or links to pre–Civil War period information? If you are Latina, for example, you might be asked to search the way a Spanish speaker might perform a search in English. Jobs are usually between 10 to 25 hours a week.
If you’re tempted to describe an overweight, bald, lazy man who sits around drinking beer and watching sports all day, you’re sadly not alone. Similar to the belief that stay-at-home moms sit around watching soap operas and eating bonbons, SAHDs are plagued by misconceptions. It’s unfortunate that the world we live in still discounts and undermines the value of domestic work and family.