Mar 1, 2017
Surveys consistently find that the majority of mothers want to
work (part-time is ideal, they tell researchers), but affordable,
quality child care is often cited as the No. 1 reason they stay out
of the workforce.
On this podcast episode, guest Jennifer Owen, editorial director
of Working Mother Media, and director of the Working Mother
Research Institute, discusses creative and practical ways to
navigate child care. Here are some of her tips:
- Brainstorm with friends and other parents in your community
about creative, cooperative solutions to childcare challenges,
including taking turns watching each other’s children during school
days off and nanny shares.
- Research after-school and summer options at area park services,
YMCA, community centers, and houses of worship.
- Never lose sight of the big picture. If you or your spouse
decides to stay home, make sure you maintain your skills, network
and earning potential.