Should you open a day care at home to take care of your young kids?

Canada
March 25, 2013 6:24pm CST
It seems it's quite difficult to find some good day care for my two children. Do you think it is a good idea to give up the office job and open a day care service at home to make some earning and take care of my own kids at the same time?
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@jenny1015 (13366)
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
I do think that it is a great idea. You just have to realize the responsibilities that come along with it and of course the patience to handle kids having tantrums and all. I know one Mylot member here who is into the same job and she has been doing great.
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@kheydia (882)
• Philippines
27 Mar 13
well, if it is your passion to take care of kids, then why not... Having a lot of kids around means a lot of patience and a lot of understanding... YOu have to think about the pros and cons over major decisions... Although taking care of your own kids would be a worth spend of time...
@kaka135 (14916)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 13
I think it's a good idea if you can manage to take care of the other kids. When I decided to quit my office job and take care of my son by myself, I thought of a few possibilities that I can earn some money and also taking care of my son. Opening a day care at home is one of them. But, my concern is I might not be able to take care of the other kids, as that was my first time taking care of a child. Also, I was afraid I might not be able to spend as much time as I wanted with my son, if I would need to take care of others. Another worry is some children may not behave well, and I was afraid my son would imitate and learn some bad behaviors from others. Maybe I was thinking too much.
@sid556 (30960)
• United States
26 Mar 13
I did do that when my kids were younger. There is good money in it but you have to be tough...i wasn't. you get the parents that don't want to pay or promise to pay you next week etc. Any trouble that i had was usually with a parent that felt they didn't have to pay. you have to be really clear and firm from the start on what is and is not acceptable. It's a good job and it is a lot of fun spending time withhe kids but it is also a real lot of work.
@ShyBear88 (59306)
• Sterling, Virginia
27 Mar 13
I don't work in the office at all. I've always been a stay at home mom. It's what I love to do. Being with kids and taking care of the kids by myself for the most part.
@doroffee (4222)
• Hungary
26 Mar 13
If you don't have another job to give up on, you have the time, and you have the place, and feel like acting as a kind of a kindergarten teacher, why not? It could be a nice, friendly, cozy one, and that would make some mothers bring their children to you with more pleasure :).
@kprofgames (3091)
• United States
25 Mar 13
Daycare is very hard to find. My daughter is expecting and she is going to do daycare after the baby is born. You have to be realistic about it, really crunch the numbers. She is going through the process of getting a state license. It is unreal the requirements for their home. Fenced yard, electric wired in fire alarms not battery dependent. She is excited about this though so helping out with some of these expenses. I admire her for wanting this but I hope she keeps up her CNA license as well. All the work she's done, would hate for her to give that completely up.
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
25 Mar 13
I think that this is a great idea if it is something that you believe that you will be happy doing with your life. During the early years of my son's life I was staying at home with him and his older sister. Then I was asked if I would baby sit my nieces as well, which I happily agreed to as I was already at home and keeping the girls would be something that would give me some income as well. If you feel like you can adequately care for your own two children and a couple of children that aren't your own, then this is a great way to continue earning while also having the opportunity to spend the early years of your children's lives with them.
• United States
25 Mar 13
I want to do this, but the place we are renting will not allow us to run a business out of our home. I can run an online business because I will not have people coming over all the time to see my stuff. If I do get an email from someone in my area who say I want to come and see your stuff my parents told me I could just have them meet me at their house. You would earn some money by doing this, but it is not a lot of money so you need to look carefully at your finances and see if you could afford to quit your job.
• Valdosta, Georgia
25 Mar 13
I own a Childcare Business in my home and I can tell you it is nice being able to do what I love and stay home with my own children. However, I hope you realize you will not make as much money wise by doing this-no where near it! It does have other rewards though, I love working with kids so it works perfect for me. But to do it just for the money is not a good idea, since it doesn't pay that much... If you love kids though and you want to stay home with yours it is an option. =) I wish you the best of luck with it!