As the back to school season kicks into high gear, countless parents are helping their kids locate that perfect first-day outfit, track down the last of their town’s "Book Sox,” and decide which unlucky parent gets to drive little Tommy from school to his friend’s houses after classes are over. No matter how stressful this time of year can be for families of school-age children, it’s often a welcome change for parents who have to make huge sacrifices by cutting back on work hours over the summer to care for their children. If you’re one of the thousands of American parents whose children are younger than school age, however, you don’t have the luxury of sending them back to school and returning to normal hours at your job. But what if, instead of having to find a way to get to work, you could let work come to you?
If you’ve got young kids, you know how tough it can be to negotiate a job while caring for them. Maybe you’ve tried to cut back on hours at work; perhaps you’ve looked into getting a nanny. Well, we’re here to tell you that the answer might just lie in working from home. It’s not an easy gig to find, but if you can land it, working from home will not only allow you to spend more time with your kids, but it will improve their lives as well.
Here are 5 reasons why working from home is important to your young kids:
1. Your kids aren’t sure who they are yet
Heidi Brennan, a member of the Board of Directors for the Family and Home Network, says, "Research has demonstrated that the early relationship between infants and preschoolers is the foundation of all subsequent personality development.”
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t miss it either
Stuff liked scraped knees and the sniffles might not seem like a big deal, but when your kids are all grown up, it’s oftentimes the small stuff that we miss the most. Be there for your children when they’re young and they’ll return the favor down the road.
3. Be a provider
Joan K. Peters, a working mother and author of When Mothers Work, says that "One of the aspects of mothering that's terribly important is making sure that you can provide for your children financially.” Not only will you make good money with a quality work from home opportunity, but you’ll be able to save money on daycare!
4. Never Say Never
If you currently have a job, going from the working life to the non-working life overnight is not the best idea. Not only will it suddenly become tougher to make ends meet, but it doesn’t set a great example for your kids.
5. Sister Act (Up)
If you have more than one young child to tend to, you can play a crucial role in how they view one another during the impressionable years of early youth. A caregiver might not be able to teach your children how to cooperate with, learn from, and support one another quite like their parent can.
If you’re ready to give working from home a chance so that you can spend more time at home with your kids during their formative years, contact Outside Agent Link today! We’ve hired hundreds of mothers who wanted a professional option that would afford them more time with their young children.