Working parents, how does this childcare thing work?
August 27, 2013 1:39 PM Subscribe
I am gearing up to re-enter the full time workforce in a few weeks and I am worried about childcare. How do people plan for the the gaps in the school child care? What other tips can you give me to make the transition go smoothly?
posted by biscuits to work & money (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've been lucky to freelance at home for a few years and now am returning to the working world and starting a full time job in a few weeks. The good news is that our school has childcare that goes until 7pm. However, I am freaked out about all of the resources I need to line up in case school is out or my child is sick:
* What I do when my child is sick? Who do you call--are there babysitters for sick kids? Is it normal to call in sick myself to care for my kid? Last school year, she had a couple of fevers and colds and was out of school a lot (maybe more than 10 days). My spouse can occasionally take a day or two but his job is much more demanding than mine and has very little flexibility.
* What do you do for those extra school holidays that aren't holidays for the working world?
* Has anyone used babysitter services such as Sitter City? I'm in LA if you have other suggestions for babysitting services.
* Are your kids in camp every winter break, spring break and summer? I will have 2 weeks vacation but I need to plan for all of the school breaks.
And I think this is my biggest worry...
* My child has been a real homebody up until now. How did your child adjust to being at school all day? Mine will be there until 6:30-7. That's almost 4 additional hours per day. I'm most worried about this part--does anyone have any words of wisdom here: how their kids thrived or benefited from afterschool care, etc? I know all kids are different but...
The thought of arranging childcare, planning and cooking dinners, homework, and somehow having a relaxing home life seems very daunting at the moment. I hope that she will do homework at school. I anticipate that I'll be picking up at 6:30-7 and coming straight home to cook dinner. I know I'll have to be more organized about pre-planning our meals. Any other tips to make this new arrangement go smoothly?