Running a family day care allows a parent to be at home with her child and earn an income simultaneously -- a seemingly ideal situation for a stay-at-home mom. But is it the right job for you? Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before you take on what could be the toughest job you'll ever love.
A family day care is more than babysitting. Spend a few days shadowing another provider to see what the daily tasks entail. In addition to providing basic child care, you must structure your day to include activities for different age groups:
- Free play
- Arts and crafts
- Story time
- Quiet play
- Outdoor play
- Educational activities
- Musical activities
- Physical activities
Of course, you also need to provide meals, nap time, and diapering or potty assistance.
If by the end of a full day you're looking forward to the next round of finger paints, you're heading into the right career.