Flexible Child Care or Gaming the System? Decide for a Chance to Win a $10 Sam's Club GC!
This month’s Working Mother magazine had a little something for everyone, including those who are wondering how they can work from home AND take care of their children. We have barely scratched the surface of how to entertain the little ones while getting things done, but these ideas were very outside of the box:
One mom in the article entitled “The New Nanny Solution” admitted to getting all kinds of free child care during the day, including an hour at the gym where she dropped the kids into the free day care while she worked on her laptop in the coffee shop. Another mom told of how she would “hop around to various free child-care centers at grocery stores” so she could take client calls while strolling the grocery aisles. Did she actually do any shopping? Can’t say, but she sure did get good use of a perk that they don’t offer at any stores where I live.
Standing in judgment of hard-working moms isn’t our thing here at 1099 Mom, but it does leave us scratching our heads on a couple of points:
1. Is it OK to place your child in random child-care situations in a pinch? What about for the long haul? Is it safe to trust your child with so many strangers, and what do the kids feel about this merry-go-round of caregivers? (Just the thought makes us tired.)
2. Why isn’t there a better support system in place for work-at-home moms? We often hear of daycare co-ops and child care swaps, but not usually in the exclusive context of 1099 Moms. Can’t something like this be arranged to provide a more stable (and fun) atmosphere for moms and kids?
We would love to hear if you feel the gym day care should be left to those running the treadmill (or conversely, if you think paying a gym membership fee covers it, hands-down.) Likewise, have you struggled to find fit and affordable care? Do you have a sneaky or innovative way to make sure the kids are tended to while you get your more serious work day tackled? Let us know in the comments!
Wanna Win? Just for sharing your perspective, we are giving one lucky 1099 Mom a $10 Sam’s Club / Walmart gift card. Use it to buy some office supplies or a bottle of wine – your choice! Sound off before September 30th to get your entry in. U.S. only, 18+ please.