Making a living can be tough especially if you are a single parent. Whether you are a single mother or a single father, there are special career considerations when looking for a job after a major life change.
You Are Not Alone
According to statistics from The United States Department of Health and Human Services, close to one quarter on all U.S. children live in single parent households. This means there are many working single parents out there. Life can be demanding as a single working parent but don’t let stress get the best of you. Support from friends and family can help you cope with the special emotional stresses you are facing.
One special problem single working parents face is trying to find quality childcare. You want a safe environment conducive to social interaction and learning opportunities for your child. You may decide to either enroll your child in a daycare program or hire someone to provide childcare in your own home. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these choices.
Day care programs can sometimes be impersonal or run in an unprofessional manner, leaving your child feeling insecure and prone to emotional problems. It is important to make sure childcare professionals running the day care facility are properly certified. Ask friends and the parents of children who attend a child care center for their opinions. A quality day care program can be a great learning experience for your child affording him the opportunity to develop important social skills.
If you hire a childcare professional to care for your child in your own home then be sure to check his or her references because your child’s happiness and safety is at stake. If you are lucky enough to find a qualified childcare professional to work in your home, this may provide your child with much needed one-on-one attention. It can also relieve some of your stress by relieving worries you may have about leaving your child at daycare.
The amount of stress you feel will at times be enormous. Not only are you working all day, you will pick your child up from daycare only to have to rush off to another activity she is involved in at school or other social organizations. Once home, you have to cook, clean and do homework. You hope you will have time and energy left to spend some quality parent-child time together. Children often go through emotional stress in divided families and need special attention at times.
Do not forget to provide yourself some special attention as well. If you are emotionally fatigued, you do yourself no good or your child. Have a friend come stay for a while. Go do something for you. Even if it is nothing but going for a long walk alone, this will provide you a much-needed emotional release.
Nothing is more stressful than worrying about finances. Perhaps, it’s time to consider continued education? A degree can open career doors for you and ease the financial burdens you are feeling. Many colleges and universities offer online degrees you can complete without ever having to attend a physical campus. Many employers are now willing to assist employees in furthering their education. Check with your employer’s human resources department. Low cost loans and grants are also available through the government.
If you are a single parent and facing career challenges, contact us to take your career to the next level.