An Achievable Source of Income for Full-Time Mothers
It has been suggested by the National Childbirth Trust, the UK’s leading charity for parents, that 47 per cent of all mothers are sceptical as to whether their job will be secure throughout the duration of their maternity leave. As a result of this, 43 per cent of mothers are choosing to return to work earlier than anticipated. This jeopardises not only the relationship the mother has with their child, but also the relationship mothers have towards their employers in the modern workplace. There are however, ways to avoid the harsh reality which has been placed upon mothers in recent times: alternative work opportunities can be found whether you are on maternity leave, looking after the children during the summer holidays, or simply trying to earn more towards the household income.
What about the children?
For full time mothers, it is normally the case that their main focus is their children. In light of this, the necessity of having a job would not be their focus, but only to find ways to entertain their children. This is not a problem while the kids are at school, as it gives mothers the time to go to work, or, complete domestic tasks. However, this becomes a problem during the summer holidays, and many mothers are faced with the question: “how do I look after and entertain the kids for six weeks while going to work, and maintaining a house?”
Working for a company like Kleeneze has offered many mothers the chance to maintain a working income, while having a stable balance of interaction with their children. This is because the company allows its employees to work around the family schedule, which enables mothers to have a flexible working pattern by deciding when they choose to sell their assigned catalogues. A recent article by Arlene Harris, has suggested that a lifestyle choice for many parents in recent years has been to send their children to summer camps during the six weeks break. Although, this does ask the question: “doesn’t this compromise the valuable bonding time a mother can spend with her children during the summer holidays?”
Maintaining the balance of work and child care
In her ‘Unusual home working jobs’ series, Judy Heminsley has outlined the many unconventional ways of earning a living from within the home. This series has given job tips from crochet teaching, to vocal coaching. Although this has outlined the benefits of working from home: mothers can also look past the domestic environment. The mobility of door to door sales can allow mothers to earn an income, whilst caring for their children. For example, mothers can hit two birds with one stone and incorporate a fun family walk as part of their door-to-doors sales shift around the estate. This gives mothers the opportunity to bond with their children, through an activity they can both engage in. Furthermore, it can alleviate the stress that is often associated with the modern workplace. Mothers are safe in the knowledge that they are able to earn a living, while not feeling the pressure of a career that negates the responsibility of their children.