This past year I have been a SAHM- our youngest will be 1 in June. Our 3 oldest were all in K this past year and at 2 different schools (blended family), so i couldn't have worked if I wanted to! Prior to the birth of our youngest I had spent months building on my etsy shop (sewing business) that had always been a side project for me, hoping to develop it into a realistic WAHM situation... guess what? I started to get super busy! Right AFTER the baby was born. It was way too much. I got a taste of what trying to do that sort of work nearly full-time was like with an infant in tow- anong with 3 other children part time. (it was labor intensive- dying fabrics, cutting, sewing, screen printing. Not stuff you want a baby around). SO I scaled way back and just let it go for the time being. Imagining not working in some way the next school year while it's just me and the baby/toddler most of the day is hard- I was a SAHM with my first two until they were nearly 2 & 3, but there were 2 and my oldest had developmental needs.
Before I tried to make a go of my sewing business I was working and going to school for child development. I have worked in early child education for many years, and that's nearly all my work history. Growing up my mom had an in-home preschool, so I grew up in that environment until I was 16. I have gone back and forth considering taking care of a few children in my home as a means of income- toddler aged- my home is small but I have a great yard and other toys, supplies, and equipment. It wouldn't be "daycare/ babysitting", I would like to provide a quality experience of childcare for the few children I would watch (and my own).
Here is my main conundrum/question: My older children getting out of school/ needing transportation. My stepson is with us half the time- and goes to school across town (by his mom's). No bus. She has offered to pick him up on our days next year because of the issue of our kids getting out of school at the same time, and I would get him after I got my child (his school is just blocks from our house in a quiet neighborhood). My oldest will be transported to his IBI therapist's program and she brings him home around 5.
So my issue is mainly my DSS every other week- How to other mom with in-home child care handle their school age children's schedules? I recall my mom transporting after school/ K kids, but she had help (she had a big in home program, I'm talking 2-3 kids). Is that sometimes part and parcel to the in-home care model? Transporting other people's children in order to drop off or pick up your own from school? Or do you think that is a deal-breaker? I'm sure it would just depend on the individual parents. I just wonder how other in-home childcare providers who have their own children handle that part!
Thoughts? Ideas? Experience? thank you!