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Anyone have any creative 'work scheduling' solutions allowing one to work full time while spending as much time as possible with the kid(s)? I want to have my cake and eat it too.”

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  • Hi, My name is Candace Hebert, I am a National Sales Specialist for AmeriPlanUSA...I am a single mom...Im 24 yrs old and have two beautiful little girls (ages 3 and 4)...things were SO tough on me for a while, and I lost my apartment, and then lost my job because I didnt have reliable daycare...things just kept falling apart and everything...I finally found a solution and hopefully I can help you. How much time roughly do you spend online each week? Cause i know at my job i spend ALOT of time online, I decided to sign up working with AmeriPlanUSA and its great..you make your own hours, you are your own boss and you make a ton of money....plus, you get to spend more time with your kids and once you get really rolling in the money, you have the option to quit your job, be a stay at home mom and still at the same time make lots of money...my mentor works about 10 hrs a week and brings home $60,000 a year...thats my plan, i plan to beat that and make more lol....but if you OR anyone you know may be interested PLEASE have them check this out!! Im just starting my business so i am trying to get the word out there.... :)
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    WISH U LUCK, best regards,
    Candace Hebert

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Candace on 28th September 2008

  • Alisa - what you just wrote made me remember something. I recently had lunch with a very successful woman executive who also has 2 daughters. She told me that throughout her entire career she always tried to work from home at least one day a week but that she made that day either Tuesday or Wednesday. She felt that when she was a junior employee, being in the office on Fridays gave her superiors less of an impression that she is creating a 3-day weekend for herself and when she became a manager, it was a good example to set for her employees. So just an idea.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 2nd August 2007

  • These are all great ideas - thanks! I've got a great full-time, salaried job working as a writer/editor - in a friendly and flexible environment. At the moment, I'm planning to take Fridays off and try to work those hours when I can (over lunches, evenings and weekends). I love the idea of making Friday a 'remote' day, though - I'll bet I *could* get lots of work done in about four hours!

    I also like the idea of starting work early and ending early -- so that I can spend more of each day with my daughter.

    I wonder ... how exhausting would it be to combine both schedules? Thanks, everyone - you've got me thinking.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by alisa on 2nd August 2007

  • I have tried many arrangements in an effort to pull in maximum income and still spend maximum time with my son. A lot depends on what kind of work you do and what you are willing to give up in exchange for more time with your family. For several years I did data entry for a company that ran their shop 24/7 and let you choose your own start and end times. I usually worked 6 to midnight.( I found that because I wasn't paying for day care any longer, I didn't have to work quite as much.) This same company also had a work-at-home program, which enabled me to do the data entry from home. I absolutely loved the arrangement, even though I found I had to be incredibly self-disciplined to meet the daily deadlines. In exchange for being home during the day with my son, I gave up having an engaging, interesting job (data entry is rather mindless) as well as the ability to do things in the evening. I eventually went back to school to get my certification to teach elementary school, which is what I do now. This enables me to work when my son is at school and be around on most of the days when he has off. In exchange for having school vacations and summers to spend with my son, I've given up the pleasure of dropping him off at school and picking him up at the end of the day. I also work long, long hours during the school year, especially at the beginning of the year and at report card/conference time.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mary Koch on 1st August 2007

  • Trudi's answer made me laugh, because I cited my friend's solution, but didn't think to suggest my own. I am a daycare provider. When I got divorced, I needed an income but didn't want to pop my till-then homeschooled kids into school - they were making enough adjustments without that! A friend suggested daycare, and I've been doing it for over eleven years now.

    One caveat: not all homecare providers will let you send sick children. They're often more flexible than large centres, but many of us do have 'sick child policies'. But as a home-care provider, I am able to BE home with my sick child!

    What I can't do readily, is get out of the house. So, it's hard to accompany them on school field trips, go to interviews and concerts that are scheduled during the day. An office worker might be able to sneak away for an extra-long lunch once in a while: me, I don't even get to pee on my own!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 31st July 2007

  • After feeling guilty for not having any evening quality time with my two school aged children I worked with my employer to adjust my schedule in a way that allows me to pick them up at school everyday instead of having them head to after school care. I start a lot earlier in the day than I used to, but that time in the afternoon when the kids are in "full report" mode is priceless. We discuss their days, my day, whats on tap for dinner, and sometimes even make stops like the library.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by CursingMama on 30th July 2007

  • You don't say what type of work you do, but I would think the easiest way to accomplish this, would be to run an in-home daycare. Our first daycare was this type of set-up and our daycare provider had her youngest son at home and her two older ones came home from school for lunch and helped entertain the younger kids when they were finished school each day. She was at home with her family and earned a full time income PLUS she could write off a portion of her mortgage, electric, heat and insurance bills for business expenses. The upside for us was that our son had a second family. He learned to love hockey by watching it with her boys and their father, when he had a fever she would tuck him into bed and let him sleep it off and we still visit when we can.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Trudi Evans on 29th July 2007

  • A friend of mine has arranged to work from home for a day a week. She chose Wednesday, so her child is never in daycare for longer than two days at a stretch. (Things being what they are in this city, she pays for all five days of care - but that's only fair: SHE'S getting paid for five days, too!)


    She finds that, without the interruptions that are inevitable in the office, she can do a full day's work - or close enough! - in about 4 hours. She puts in a couple of those hours during nap times, and the rest later in the evening when her husband is home. Most weeks, it works just fine!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 29th July 2007

  • At the office where I used to work, there were options for us to come in four days a week, from 7-6 (it adds two hours to every work day for four days, so there is your fourth day of work), so they can have three-day weekends. If your work isn't dependent on your daily presence, you could try to negotiate for this kind of schedule. Another option would be to try to work until 3 daily instead of until 5, and then volunteer to do some of your work remotely. Are you salaried? Are you paid by the hour, or by whether or not the work gets done?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Caitlin McDonald on 27th July 2007

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