Regardless of the situation at hand, a stay at home job sure does help – no matter how you look at it. I recall a few years ago when my sister decided to leave her job and stay home to raise her children. Even though her husband had a secure job, it barely fulfilled all the needs of her young family. It didn’t take her long to realize that a little more income would be a nice benefit.
But with little kids under foot, how the heck can you get any work done ? Well, why not get them involved ? Now I’m not condoning child labor in any way shape or form, but kids really do want to help mom and dad. Not only will you get to spend the valuable time with your little ones, they will learn powerful lessons that they will carry throughout their lives.
So…what are some job ideas for stay at home moms or dads that don’t take them away from the kids ?
I know of many pet owners who dread the thought of leaving their four-legged family member in a kennel, pet boarding house, or other “away from home” care taker that consists of strangers. If you love animals, why not offer pet sitting services ? What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? They learn the responsibility necessary for taking care of pets. And it’s fun.
A cake is a staple of parties and celebrations of any kind. If you like to put a decorative spin on an otherwise plain-Jane cake, this may be a great option for you. Cupcakes are a great hit, too, and so yummy. If you’re interested in cake decorating as a home job, but haven’t mastered your skills, a good resource for online lessons can be found at Craftsy.com. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? Well, besides the treats, they can have fund time with mom or dad.
Babysitting (before and after school)
With the increase in dual income families, there is an increase in the need for reliable babysitters. Before, and after, school sitters are a lifesaver for so many parents. Coordinate with neighborhood parents and arrange to watch their children in the mornings and afternoons. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? Extra play time with friends.
Homework is a given. If you have a background in education, or are a former teacher, then tutoring is a great way to pick up some extra money. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? They can sharpen their knowledge in a specific area as well as aid you in assisting your student.
Make fitness fun by not making it seem like a work out. Children’s fitness classes can consist of playing outdoor sports, gymnastics, organized bicycle rides, or just walks in the park. Reach out to your community expressing you and your child’s interest in getting some physical activity. This could actually be a fun way to make some extra money. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? They appreciate the need to be active and healthy.
Meal / Cooking Service
If you like to cook, why not share that interest with people who don’t ? I know I would love to have someone prepare meals for me on a regular basis. So many people are either too busy to prepare balanced (and good tasting) meals or they simply lack the skill. Start a little side business delivering prepared meals. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? They get to help you cook and gain a valuable skill for their future family.
Provide Music Lessons
Not limited to piano, music lessons can be in the form of whatever instrument you are well versed in. Share your talent with others. Spread the word at your child’s school. What do the kids get out of this stay at home job ? Who knows…they may pick up a new talent.
The take away from this is to do what you enjoy. Incorporate your kids and just have fun.