Need a Flexible Job to Cater to My Daughter's School Schedule

Updated on April 05, 2007
M.M. asks from Chicago, IL
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My daughter is currently in an all day school, but the school stops at age 6. What do mom's (and dad's) do with their children when their school day ends at 3:30 p.m.? Are there any jobs that pay decently and are still flexible for your child's schedule? What are other families doing?

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F.M.

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I think that the best job for a mom is to be a teacher or to work in a school, because you get the same days off than the kids do.

My children start school at 8:50 am. I think this is pretty late. Imagine, parents would have to start working around 9:30 to be able to make it in time to school and work! And then you have to be back to pick them up at 3:00 pm, plus all the days the kids don't have school due to meetings.

I think the system is made to make it impossible for moms to work.

I gave up. I decided to stay home and do childcare from home, because unless you have family here to help you, it is almost impossible to work and have kids in school at the same time.

Good luck, M..

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J.C.

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Our school has an inexpensive after-school program. Some people in our home daycare have their older kids walk over to join their little siblings for the last part of the afternoon. A private school about 2 blocks from our school will send a walker over to pick kids up for after-school care. Another baptist daycare sends a bus. A friend of mine has a high-school neighbor watch her kids.

I was really worried when my son got too old for all-day care, but when you start looking and asking around (and it does require some research) there are usually options besides changing jobs. I do know a few parents who work unusual shifts to be at home at the end of the school day too, or who work at home all or part of the week.

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A.B.

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Hey M.,

I totally understand where you are coming from. Flexibility is key in a job for me as well. Amongst other things, I am independent consultant for Arbonne International and am having lot's of success and fun all at the same time. You create your own schedule and for most of the events I do, my daughter is either with me, or I can easily plan around our schedule. Send me an email and I'll be happy to tell you more. I have several events planned in the next month and you'd be more than welcome to attend to get a feel for if this might be right for you!(your daughter can come along too if it works best for you!)

All the best,
A.
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R.

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Investigate whether the school has an after school day care option--lots of them do. Also, I know people who hire babysitters to pick them up at school and watch them until their parents get home around 6p.m. Good luck!

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