There’s no question that multitasking is an acquired talent that couples somehow automatically acquire once they become parents.
Yes, doing two or three different things at the same time can prove to be unproductive in the long-run, but that’s another topic, and hence, a different blog post. Arguably though, what parents seem to be doing isn’t really multitasking but related tasks scheduled effectively that the whole thing runs like clockwork each day (including time for play and recreation).
In fact, loving parents are some of the busiest people in the world. They can manage little things at the same time and yet still allow time for more tasks in the day — or in some cases, an opportunity to earn while being able to still attend to their domestic duties.
Proof? Businesses that other moms and dads at home have managed to sneak into their day to earn more for their household. And one such business? What else? But to take care of children — yours and others.
The Need for Child Care
First of all, it’s something that has been well-practiced or even mastered by many due to years of experience and application of love and common sense.
But not all have the luxury for one parent to stay in the nest and look after the young. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see both parents having a job. And this is where your subject matter expertise can come in.
Of course, there are some helpful preparations to make sure that things will go smoothly or smoother than expected. Plus, having these things ready could also attract potential customers along your way as additional selling points of your services.
- Make sure everything is organized
You already probably know where to get fresh new diapers easily, even where the ingredients are for your next meal. But you are essentially making room for another two or three kids at home. (Actually, you can start with one and see how that pans out.) So you have to make sure that you’re home is really or extra organized.
Know that your clients will see and check your home if it’s safe for their children to be in. Chances are high that it is, but rechecking everything will make the parents feel more confident that they’re going to leave their children in safe hands and a safe environment.
- Get the children involved in the preparation
If your children are already going to school, and you have the free time and space to take care of other children, talk to them first about it.
Apart from knowing that mom or dad has extra duties so they can help out, this will be a good chance as well for them to know and appreciate doing little tasks that help keep the house clean and neat early on in life.
- Talk first to other parents
A good name is really important, especially when what is at stake is the welfare of one’s child.
Having a good reputation for raising children lovingly and right is one of the best things you can have because then, you can get referred easily to others.
But of course, other parents have ways or styles with their children, even to the point of what kind of foods they eat, which is really important especially now. And what better way to know and respect those things than by talking first with your potential clients?
Knowing what works for their children and what works for your children that you could suggest to do for theirs while you’re temporarily in charge will greatly ensure the healthy relationship between you and your clients, which most likely, are your neighbors as well.
Try taking care of other children as a way to earn extra while at home, and you might even find it rewarding, not only financially. One being, that if you take good care of other’s kids, the more that you will be mindful and heartful to look after your own.