Not very long ago, childcare was the forte of paid teenage help, older siblings, or any grandmothers, aunts, or neighbors who could be coerced into taking the job. Fortunately, today’s parents have much more to choose from than their counterparts several years ago.
Following are just four excellent childcare strategies designed to help working parents meet both work and family obligations more easily.
Opposite Work Schedules
If possible, opposite work schedules are an excellent solution for parents who want to keep child care costs down while enjoying as much time with their offspring as possible. Both parents should explore the possibility of a schedule change with their employers before the arrival of the child. Starting the opposite work schedules in advance of the birth, if possible, provides both parents the opportunity to become acclimated to the new schedule.
In-home nanny services are perfect for parents whose work schedules may not always fall within the boundaries of standard business hours. Many people simply feel more comfortable with having childcare professionals come to their own homes, particularly in the case of infants. Young babies don’t really benefit from being around others of their own age, and many parents are reluctant to leave them in settings that are mostly populated with older children.
As babies grow into toddlers and preschoolers, socialization becomes an important aspect of their development. Professionally managed on-site daycare or corporate daycare facilities are some of the best options available to working parents. Because the children will be cared for in the same building in which the parent or parents work, they have the option of visiting during breaks and lunch hours. If children become ill or injured, parents don’t have to rush across town in traffic, and they’ll be able to go home at the end of the day. Other daycares, like Youthland Academy, provide instruction and education for growing children. It’s always nice to send your kids to a reputable, professional caregiver.
Working From a Home Office
Another excellent childcare option for today’s parents is one or both of them setting up shop in a home office. However, this option only works when it’s combined with some form of supplementary childcare. For instance, someone who works from a home office may choose to do the majority of his or her work when the other parent is home. If both parents work in home offices, working in shifts usually works out well. However, young families also need time together as a unit, so consider scheduling in-home childcare part time in order to keep your respective schedules somewhat in sync.
Most young parents find that their childcare solutions evolve as the needs of their families change over time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different strategies until you hit on one that clicks with your family’s personal needs and preferences.
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her onTwitter and Facebook