M.B. asks from Romeoville, IL on December 23, 2008
Need to Return to Work Full Time and Want to Go Back to School!
My husband works full time with 4hrs of his day traveling back and forth. So he is gone quite a bit. I currently work part-time but will need to start ful-time. I have been working as a temp since the beginnig of the year and the company I am assigned to was to hire me on in November but has not done so because of the economy. They want me to come on full-time in January, but as a temp. I can't find anything other than this because I don't have the education background. I want to go back to school and get my degree but don't know what to do with our son. I don't want him to feel that we don't have enough time for him. If I go back to school it will have to be in the evening; daycares usually close at 6pm; not sure what to do with our son after 6pm on those nights I would be in class. Any other moms going through this?
B.L. answers from Chicago on December 24, 2008
I would check out taking classes online....good luck
J.V. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2008
I'd look for a swap situation, where someone else takes care of your son on X and Y nights, and you take care of their's on C and B nights.
B.A. answers from Chicago on December 24, 2008
I am Mom of 3, go to school part time online, work part time at a job that helps pay for school(tuition reimbursement) and does other odd stuff to make ends meet. If you do absolutely need to go to need to work full time, then do an online class or two, I recommend starting with one and go on as you are successful.
Part time work with being at home with your child a little more, toss in a little at home childcare for others may be the way to go and do school. Most junior colleges have many online courses to get your Gen Eds out of the way. I know that an education is no guarentee of future wages, but when you are looking at the want ads and they say don't apply if you don't have a bachelors degree, it doesn't matter that you won't get a higher wage you won't be considered for the interview. You only have another couple of years before full time school for a child too.
R.R. answers from Chicago on December 24, 2008
Hi, M.. I'm not sure if Romeoville is in College of DuPage's district. But maybe a closer community college will have similar programs. COD offers online classes and also a FastTrac program for working, busy adults. It's accelerated classes one night per week. It takes about 2 years to finish an associate's degree.
Many community colleges understand that it's hard for adults to balance life/work/family/school. There may be programs near you that will help out. Also, some colleges have onsite daycare available.
Don't give up! Keep researching!
M.C. answers from Chicago on December 24, 2008
M., You will be surprised by what I am going to say, but people with college degrees cannot find work either. You need to work full time and your employer wants you to work full-time, so you see you aleady have what you need. A degree will not guarantee that a job is permanent. It will cost you a lot of money, besides tuition, books are unbelievably expensive these days, and then add to that the cost of child care and the wear and tear on your marriage and the cost to your child of your being away and needing to study. No, the answer is not education, not at this time in your life. I have a home daycare, that is an option for you. You will be home with your son and once you get going, if you can provide reliable, safe care, then you can make $30,000 a year, with good clients. Call up your local YWCA and they can tell you about licensing and how much you can charge in your area. There are advance levels of day care but in my opinion that is too complicated. During the year you will need to take some training courses, 15 hours that will cost around $100. They will give you an opportunity to be in a learning environment. That is enough, it is basically who you are and how clean and safe your home is and how well you can handle children. It is not too complicated to meet the State requirements. You will have to take CPR and first aid before you start, $35. You need to have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide alarm and a fire extinguisher. I have my parents bring porta-cribs for infants and pre-schoolers. If the child is too big for that, you can ask them to buy a crib or pick one up at a garage sale. The point I'm making is that as in everything in our society, there are businesses which cater to daycare and they would like you to buy this and that. You may and they will certainly want you to think you have to invest in a lot of things and turn your home into what a day care looks like. That is not necessary. They want you to have a daily program and all sorts of age appropriate toys. Did you grow up in a day care? Probably not, but in a home with a back yard and some toys and some books and a park nearby. This is my approach and so overhead costs are minimum and what you earn is all profit. Do not give in to the temptation not to report your income. It is very simple to pay your taxes and you will sleep better at night and your clients will be able to claim their payments to you on their taxes and they will see you as being honest. Most importantly, you have to have a good character, a love of children and an appreciation of the stages that kids go through. There are state guidelines and they are a great help as far as what is allowed for discipline, food, etc. Well, I did not begin this letter thinking I would tell you this, but I have. Whatever you do, look at the long range picture. If you spend $20,000 on school how soon will you get in back in increased income, that is over and above all the expenses of leaving your home to work? These days education is also a business and they want your money too. If your husband is a good man and will cooperate with this scheme, well and good, that is necessary also. My way, spend as little as possible to make money and spend as little as possible to live on. God will provide.