One of the advantages of running your own business is that you have flexible child care options. In fact, for many women, that is one of the big incentives for running their own businesses. When you are a working mom you have a lot of childcare options available; the key is to find the right fit for you and your family.
Depending on your business and the type of schedule that you keep, a nanny may be a great option for you. You can choose a live-in nanny or a live-out nanny, but with both situations your children will have consistent care that can be very flexible. On the other hand, you can always choose day homes or day cares. These are great solutions if you need childcare on a very regular basis with consistent hours.
However, many working moms don’t find the need for continuous childcare. Instead they might be able to work from a home-office, balancing work and family life. Inevitably, however there will be meetings or appointments when you need someone to watch your children. You can rely on family and friends to some extent, and that is great if you have the option. However, a more realistic choice might be to find someone who can care for your children on a drop-in basis.
Sometimes the best solution for working moms is to have a variety of childcare solutions organized. If you have regular monthly meetings, it is easy to line up a regular babysitter. However, you may be able to use a local teenager for evening appointments, or schedule things around your husbands schedule as another option. It is probably a good idea to have a few childcare options lined up for various situations and always plan in advance. A back up plan is always recommended, particularly when you have a very important meeting or a client that you must meet.
We always seem to see super-women on T.V., doing it all, raising incredible families and growing Fortune 500 Companies at the same time, but what’s behind all of that? How do they do that? Is it a special breed of women that are born with the secrets for balance? In The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too (www.greatbooksandaudiobooks.com), Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette put together their one-of-a-kind guide to balancing motherhood and work. It is based on actual journals kept by a group of IBM women during their visits to the company’s employee lactation room. Right away women responded, and the paper towel was eventually replaced by a series of notebooks, in which women offered one another advice and support on juggling work and a newborn. Based on the original notebooks, The Milk Memos is a heartwarming, encouraging (and often hilarious!) guide to working motherhood. You can find the Milk Memos on www.GreatBooksandAudiobooks.com.
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