Posted on | January 5, 2012 | No Comments
Many experts suggest that a young child’s best place is in the home. The ideal is that a mother should stay at home to look after her children in the early years rather than ship them out to preschool. Of course the problem is and always will be that most families need the mother’s income to help with the bills, so the answer for some will be working but from home.
When my first child was born I was working in an office. The hours were the usual 9 to 5, but I had to travel to work and the journey took two hours each way. Consequently I left before my family woke, and got home after the children went to bed. I was a weekend Dad.
We went through a couple of years when my wife returned to work locally and the children (there were two by then) went to preschool first thing in the morning and she picked them up when she left work. Preschool was expensive and my wife’s income barely covered the cost, and I was still commuting. We had to change our lives, and the answer was for me to work from home. My wife stayed in a paid job as her employment was local, and I stayed at home with the kids trying to earn a living working from home. The first few years were difficult, but my business selling gifts decorated with a family crest eventually grew sufficiently to support our family and my wife and I now work together at home. The children benefited and we are all very close. Preschool starting at 3? It may be the answer for some but we found a better one.