Can a homeworking mom handle parenting and a business all at the same time? Of course she can...but if the child is under 5-years-old, mom may need some help sometimes. The most successful work-at-home moms usually have a partner in parenting.
A parenting partner can be the child's dad, a grandparent, an aunt or anyone else who has true affection for him or her. Your partner should be willing to spend part of each day with your child...or a regular day each week. Dad can come home and clean-up dinner and give baths, Grandma can walk to the playground each afternoon, or Saturday mornings can be spent with Auntie.
If you are generating enough income, you can hire a helper who will get to know your child well and can even pitch-in with your business, if that's what's needed. Yes, homeworking moms work at home so that they can spend more time with their children, but that doesn't mean that every minute of every day has to be spent doing child-centered activities. A parenting partner can help you get your work done and give your child a closer relationship with your extended family.
Teens Need Homeworking Moms Too
Most homeworking moms want to work at home because they have young children. We all know that little ones need their parent's attention on a consistent basis, but children of all ages can and do benefit from having a parent available throughout the day.
New studies show that our young people get into trouble during the hours between 2pm and 6pm. These are the hours when school is out and parents are still at work. Nearly 60% of violent crimes involving young people happen in the after-school hours, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Teens left alone are more likely to try alcohol, cigarettes and drugs than those who are supervised. The majority of teen pregnancies also occur during those hours.
Developing a successful career at home can open up a world of opportunities for moms. It's good to know that our children - no matter what their ages - can also benefit.
Georganne Fiumara is a writer specializing is home business topics. She has had more than 85 articles published in magazines and newspapers such as Family Circle, Women's Day, American Baby, Income Opportunities, The New York Times and Newsday. In 1984, she founded Mothers' Home Business Network, a national organization providing ideas, information and inspiration for mothers who choose to work at home. For more information, go to the Mothers' Home Business Network's web site at www.homeworkingmom.com.
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