While raising children can be extremely rewarding, it takes a great deal of time, often becoming an all-consuming task in the life of a mother. While many mothers will put all of their hearts and souls into raising their children, they will have other interests and dreams for their own lives.
Because of many recent advances in technology and services, many moms are able to spend time caring for their family while also pursuing the career of their dreams. This can be a challenging task, but there are four proven things that can help moms to pursue a career of their choosing, while also giving their families the care and attention that they need.
Study with online courses
Many mothers that want to start a career in a certain field will need to obtain the necessary education, which usually necessitates going to college. Class schedules and massive amounts of homework often make it impossible for a full-time mom to attend a university.
Luckily, many universities are beginning to offer online programs for many of their degrees, which allows for a person to get an education from the comfort of their own home. Online classes have the superb benefits of allowing a person to study and learn whenever she might want, and without a strict time schedule.
For example, Utah State online classes allow a person a full year to complete any class for which she has registered, which truly allows a person to complete her degree on her own schedule. In the end, online courses allow for a mom to spend time studying when the kids are napping, away at school, or even at night after everyone has gone to bed.
Network with local businesses
In addition to using online classes to gain an education in a certain field, moms can begin to network with local professionals in their area. By doing this, stay-at-home-moms can gain tremendous insight about the current career marketplace, as well as the reality of the economy in the local area.
The greatest benefit of networking is that it will often lead to future jobs or business relationships. It is also possible that you will find other moms that work, which can provide you with sources of practical advice, support, and potential jobs.
Seek out nearby childcare help
If needed, moms should locate qualified, experienced, and licensed daycare facilities in the local area that will be able to care for their children when they may need to be away from home.
Even if you have no plans to be away in the near future, it can still help to research local facilities that offer childcare services, since this will give you more options if a surprise job happens to fall into your lap, or if there are complications with your current schedule.
Another option to consider is hiring a nanny who will provide your children with personalized and intimate care. One thing to keep in mind when hiring a nanny is that you will be her employer, which means that you will need to hold taxes on her pay, as well as pay your own additional taxes for employing her services.
Patience and research
It can take a great deal of time, work and patience to start a career when you are also a mother. Because of this, it is important that you do all of the research possible about your goals before you begin.
By doing research, you will be able to see the time commitments that you can expect to make, as well as the type of work that you will need to do in order to obtain your dream. Have patience when starting a career, especially if you need to first complete your studies.
There will be moments when it simply does not seem worth the effort, but hold onto your dream and vision, and one day it will become a reality.
About the Author:
Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that lives in NYC. She loves to write about a variety of different things, often drawing inspiration from the big city or her wonderful family. When not writing, you can find Chaleigh photographing life in the city or traveling. Connect with her on Google+.
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