Work, Maybe Stay Home, Career to Go in Just Not Sure??

Updated on June 19, 2008
D.S. asks from Lake Elsinore, CA
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I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I have stayed home for 3 years now, and I love it but would eventually like to go back to work when my children go to school. I'm trying to figure out a good career to go in with kids. I mean what do you do with your kids all summer if you work. I have thought about going into teaching I have about 80 units, so I would have to go back to school, but I don't know if I could handle teaching. My husband makes pretty good money, but not enough for us to buy a house, we still live in an apartment. Can anyone give me some suggestions please?

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J.V.

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When my daughter started kindergarten, I applied at her school district as a special education instructional aide. That was 8 years ago and I still love it. I work same schedule as my daughter goes to school and have same days off (PAID!). Summer school is optional. We get sick days and paid vacation for winter break and spring break as well as holidays.

Since then, I have been so interested in the kids with autism with whom I work that I created a children's book about autism. Now I am working on my second book www.AisForAutism.net

I also spent a couple years selling stuff on ebay which was fun.

Good luck.

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S.W.

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Personally, I think going back to school is a wonderful idea. If you enjoy education and it sounds like you must have some interest since you already have 80 units, then that is half the battle, finding something you really enjoy. I think a lot of people hesitate out of fear of failure or not being able to handle it, but you may surprise yourself and furthering your educations opens a lot of doors and is a great example to set for your children. When the time comes I hope to set an example for my son that education is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. I can't think of anyone that I know that regretting getting an education but quite a few people that regret passing up that opportunity.

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S.U.

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Hi Cloe,

Have you given any thought to becoming your own boss? Making your own hours, setting your own schedule and goals? I did and am now a consultant with Discovery Toys. The educational toys, books, games and music are incredible, I'm making money, having fun and, best of all, I'm still able to spend time with my family. Feel free to visit my website at www.discoverytoyslink.com/susieunkeless to learn more.

S.

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M.P.

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There are lots of jobs you can do from home most of them are Multi level marketing home business. MLM home business can be succesful if you know how to market, so before joining any company I would recommend for you to do some research. Here are some webstites for you to check out. They are companies I currently work for.
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L.L.

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I have a 4 year old and my motivation was that I wanted her to start pre school. Otherwise, we would have not had enough $ if I were to continue to stay home to put her in school. I did go to teaching but I am not credentialed. I do have my BS though ( I know another teacher that does not have her degree yet, so its possible!). I applied at a Chrisitian school and am now
a full time teacher. Although it does not pay as much as I would like it to, it is fulfilling, my daughter looks up to me and I dont feel so dependent on my husband.BTW, I do get 2 1/2 weeks off for Christmas, 1 week off for Thanksgiving, 2 wks off for Easter and 2 1/2 months off for summer with pay all year round!This would mean having the same schedule of your kids schedules. It is worth it because if you choose to send your 4 year old to the school that you work, you also most likely will get a huge price break for his/her schooling. Another thing you can do is substitute teach BUT of course you never know your schedule unless you do what I did, get in good with teachers, build your reputation with principles and get long term sub jubs (this was in public schools). Good Luck!

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K.F.

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Hi Cloe,

I have seven children and I know exactly where you are, my goal is to be a Psychologist. I was a stay at home mom for 15 years. It is tough to get back in the work force after that long. I found a great work at home business,(I have been involved with several others, some very well known but never got anywhere) This has a low investment, easy to sell products that you can also do fundraisers with, you can also make a residual income if you do not care to retail(best part is home parties are completely optional) and we offer phenomenal team support and training for free. We provide the training for free before you sign up because we want you to feel prepared before you make a decision. I set my own hours, I work when I can and go to school when I can and the rest of the time is for my family and household chores. My business is easy to interject into daily conversation, they are products I use myself everyday(have for years)but now I save money on them and because I am using them they sell themselves. It provides me an escape from the doldrums but keeps me busy when I am bored. Plus I have made some wonderful life long friends in the process. If I decide to work outside the home I can still do this too. I would be happy to send you some information and some scent samples. If you want the info fill out the form here www.LightMyFires.info Good Luck in what ever you decide to do.

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L.R.

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Being a mom is a career!!
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M.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Cloe, I'm new to mamasource and I just read your post about not wanting to return to work. I understand how you feel and was wondering if you have found a home-based business that suits your needs and desires. I am the mother of two children, my son is now 20 years old and on his own and my daughter has special needs and is 11 going on 16! I recently started my own home based business selling Mia Bella Gourmet Scented Candles. I love burning scented candles in my home and these by far are the best smelling and cleaner burning! This company offers an excellent compensation plan and you can focus your business or retail, fundraising or team building. The start up cost is very low and with it you will receive your own website. If you are still searching for a home business I'd like to invite you to visit my website and take a look at the products. I've included other links below for you to look at at your own convenience.

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S.S.

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If you decide to stay at home (which might be a good idea until at least both of the children are in elementary school)and are looking for ways to earn exta money...you might be interested in this article: http://southbayparentsonline.com/2007/12/06/earn-extra-mo...

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I.P.

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Cloe,
I am a single parent that had to get back into the workforce due to a divorse and I had a couple of children that have not finished school. Being a stay home mom for years I finally found a perfect fit from home. Here is a link...see if it helps you> www.ireneperez.worldventures.biz when at this link click 1,2,3, DreamTrips.

If you have any questions e-mail me > [email protected]____.com
Good luck, I.

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G.C.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hi there!

I was searching like you for something to do at home so I could watch my son grow. That was when I discovered The MOM Team. It's a non-profit support group that has partnered up with a fantastic wellness company. It's truly been a blessing for my family! There is NO selling, ordering, parties or delivering of products, virutally no start up cost and absolutely no risk!
If you are interested, please visit my website: www.themomteam.com/familywellness and request more info!
You won't be disappointed!

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L.L.

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Okay... I just got on mamasource for the first time tonight and have been reading through blogs. Yours caught my eye, so I thought I would touch base. I have recently stated my own business. I have been in corporate America for the last 12 years (plus more if you count how long I have been working in total) and make a very good salary. However, I have no time to spend with my 5 & 2 year old. I decided I needed something more. It's not a get rich quick scheme, but it's not "selling" either. It is something you can do at any pace, depending on how much time you have or how much you truly want to make. And you can spend time with you children whenever you want (what is what really got me started). This company will pay you for whatever you put into it. You can work as little as 5 to 10 hours a week or as much as you want to meet your goals and dreams. It's in the financial services arena (which I hate to say to people, because they always get scared off for no reason at all), but it doesn't take knowledge, it takes desire and values and a willingness to learn. We help people with income management, debt protection, retirement planning, and goal planning (home purchases included)... etc. It's not a fly by night company. The company I work with has been around for 30 years and the parent company has been around longer. I'm not sure what you are allowed to post or not post on this site, but my email address is [email protected]____.com and if your serious about making money (especially part time), let me know.

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

Parents I know will often get a job at a school (not necessarily as a teacher), but just an office position or otherwise, at a school or the school their child goes to... that way, their job is on the same "schedule" as their child, and things such as picking them up, dropping them off etc. is easier. Some parents also, choose to get a job at their child's school so that their tuition (if you go to private school) is either "free" or at a reduced cost (one of the benefits of being an "employee" at the school). Yes, what to do with your child when they are on summer break... that's hard when the Parent works a traditional job. Your child would have to go to summer programs... which costs money, and you have to budget that into your expenses because summer programs are not cheap.
In either case, start looking now... jobs at schools are not always easy to get into, as positions don't always open up and the ones who work there, like to stay there... especially if you want a job at a specific school.

As far as work... you could go the "virtual assistant" route... working from home doing computer work.(look it up online) Or figure out a stay-at-home-work-at-home business to do... this would offer more flexibility per scheduling and being able to stay home with the kids and being there for them after school or on breaks.

For me, I have my own online boutique to make extra pocket change. Everyone is different. It's good you are researching it now... plan ahead, that's all I can recommend. You'll get lots of ideas here I"m sure.
Good luck,
~Susan
www.cafepress.com/littlegoogoo

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T.R.

answers from San Diego on

I have found an amazing business that lets me stay at home and I LOVE IT! There is noselling,stocking,delivering,collecting money,placing orders. And Most important there is NO RISK. Call me if you would like to learn more.
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D.A.

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Hi Cleo, I would definately recommend a home based business. It will allow you to have flexible hours, be home when the kids are sick, earn money wether you need 200 a month or 20,000 a month, you determine what your income will be. Im sure you will receive many emails with different busines opportunities. I suggest taking a look at those that really offer something you are interested in. This will help you sick with it. Make sure the co. is over 5 years old and that if its a networking opportunity, that they are a member of the direct selling assoc. I would love for you to take a look at what i do. I work fulltim at home and my business is in the health & wellness industry. Here is a short 8 minute call you can listen to for more info. ###-###-#### or www.arbonne.com/company/sizzle.html
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Good luck in your search and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.We have a great team in your area that are very succesful and could support you in your business.
D.
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J.R.

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T.N.

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Hi Cloe,

If you're looking to do something at home, check out my website at www.freedomrocks.com/10754. It is a totally web based business so it can be done anywhere in the world. (No stocking of products!). Just refer people to your personalized website and let it do the talking for you. This is not only a great business but it also has an investment strategy which you can utilize for long term investing.

Let me know what you think - [email protected]____.com

Best of luck!

T.

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C.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Cloe,
I too wanted to earn some extra income for our family. I was a stay at home mom of a then 18th month old boy and looking to contribute to our family. I was lucky enough to find a company that I loved and could make great money at the same time. I am a Princess House consultant, I have been a consultant for over 8 years now, what I love about it is, I can work my own schedule around my families needs and still make about $25 an hour. I now have 2 kids and still doing the business. Check out my website at
www.princesshouse.com/consultants/cgerberding
Let me know if you have any questions, I wish you luck.
Take care,
C.

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C.F.

answers from San Diego on

Hi Cloe,
I have found a great stay at home business called Isagenix. It is so great because their mission is “Our vision is to impact world health and free people from physical and financial pain, and in the process create the largest health-and-wellness company in the world,” say Jim and Kathy Coover.
I am so excited to be working with a company with such a great mission!!!
I started with a 30 day cleanse myself and just share with my friends and family how to clease after I personally felt the benifits. Some people that want a quick start on fat loss do the 9 day system. Here is my website to check it out http://funtobefit.isagenix.com
All of the prices you see are retail, but if you click sign up and save you just pay and $36 membership fee and you will get your own website as well as wholesale prices. If you have more questions feel free to contact me anytime.
C. :)
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B.S.

answers from San Diego on

You sound JUST like me. I have a 5 and almost 3yr old and I too have been a SAHM. About a year and a half ago I was wondering what I would do for work when it came time to go back...and then i also got to a point where i wantd to have some me time- but i did not want to get a job where i had to report to somone and be told when to work, not did i want to leave my kids and report to work! THEN...my girlfriend introduced me to her new business and here I am 1 year into this business.

First I got started to have fun and get away and get paid a bit doing so...but now I see what this business can do for my finanical future and am hooked. I love it, it is simple, and my business is growing month after month. I also love that I get to help others get started a...it could not be beter for me.

Feel free to read my "story" and learn more at www.Bridge.MyArbonne.com

I'd be happy to share the business opportunity with you, explain things, answer questions, and if its a fit i can help get you started.

Sending you my best....

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