Finding the best quality of affordable childcare can be one of the most daunting and stressful tasks as a parent. Financial constraints, availability of local childcare options, and assurance of health and safety are top concerns for all working parents.
As a single mom by choice, we are in the unique position to make all decisions regarding the well-being of our children. Of course, with great power comes great responsibility – especially when it comes to our children. There are many childcare options to choose from, depending on where you live: friend or family members, au pair, nanny, part-time care, daycare centers and in-home caregivers.
Friends or Family
Sometimes it is possible to work out childcare arrangements with friends who also have children, or with family members who are retired or otherwise available. Supportive grandparents can often be a great source for childcare for single moms by choice. With this type of childcare option you will need to be sure and discuss expectations upfront regarding routines for naps, feeding, and diapering/toilet-training, and how to handle illness, as well as coming to an agreement on a fair and reasonable childcare cost. Other expectations you will want to discuss include pickup/drop-off times, television vs activity or play time, and whether you are comfortable with the caregiver transporting your child(ren) to the park, stores or elsewhere during the day.
Au Pair or Nanny
An au pair is typically hired through a professional service who pairs a host family with a caregiver from abroad who will receive room and board in exchange for help with childcare and housework. A nanny is oftentimes
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