You know what, mom? You deserve to work, too. Whether you are just starting out your family or looking to get back into the workforce, I’ve found nine careers that allow stay-at-home moms to bring home more bacon.
I looked at jobs with flexible hours, maternity leave policies that are realistic and fair, and salaries that make it possible for a family of four (mom plus one partner) to make ends meet in most parts of the United States.
While these positions aren’t all career paths with upward mobility and high earning potential, they are all jobs that allow a mom to make money and have a positive impact on her family’s financial health while staying at home.
Finally, I didn’t include jobs that require a degree (or at least not one in the field). When you are at home with kids, trying to complete a graduate program is simply too much. My hope is this list will help you realize that there are real jobs out there for stay-at-home moms who want to make some money while staying close to their families.
1. Au Pair
As an au pair, you will live with a family and take care of their children while they go out during the day. In some cases, you may be in charge of a single child, and in others, you might be in charge of the children on an overnight basis.
The most important thing to remember as an au pair is that this is a job with legal responsibilities. You need to report to a supervisor who will make sure you are following all the rules and regulations set forth by the program where you have signed up. So what kind of person is right for this job?
As a babysitter, you need to have an open mind when it comes to taking care of kids. You might be in charge of two kids, or you might have to take care of a child with special needs. The older the child, the more responsibility you are going to have. Regardless of the job, it is important that you are honest and trustworthy, and that you keep your word when it comes to watching children.
3. Teacher’s Assistant
Teacher’s assistants have some pretty cool jobs. You get to work with kids, but at the same time you work with an adult all day…