We all know what joy babies can prove to be. Watching a baby grow, caring for it and loving it is in itself a wondrous experience. Babies tend to alter your lifestyle completely, especially if it’s your first-born. Often this becomes an issue with working parents who do not have the time a newborn baby requires. Even when your baby becomes slightly older he/she will require your constant attention. In case you are unable to provide him/her with the same consider a daycare center. Daycare centers are perfect for both, working and single parents.
However, it’s not necessary for all working parents to rely on daycare centers alone. A little tweaking with your own schedules can help you balance your career along with your ‘baby-duties’. For instance, if both you and your spouse have day jobs try and move at least one of your shifts to the night slot.
If any such modifications is however not possible then do what almost all other working parents are doing and surrender your kid to a dedicated child care worker. A dedicated childcare worker is a good alternative to a day care center. Unlike in any such establishment under a childcare worker your baby will get absolute attention round the clock. Many parents often feel that their kids aren’t receiving quite as much personal attention as they should in day care centers. This will never be the case with a caregiver. As long as the childcare worker you choose is qualified (i.e. licensed) and experienced he or she will take full care of your child in your absence right at your home.
You can also opt to leave your baby at someone else’s home during your work hours. If your aunt or mother lives close by just drop in your kid before you leave in the morning. It’s best not to entrust your child with your neighbor or someone you barely know. Remember, a close family member, relative or a close friend should be your only options. The concerned party should preferably have had some prior experience with kids or be caring for their own newborn as well. Leave your kid with all possible requirements such as diapers, feeding bottles, milk, clothes, powder etc. when handing them over to someone. Also, do pick them up at the right time, leaving your kid with someone else beyond a stipulated hour may prove bothersome for the people concerned.
If neither of these options works for you however you will have to turn to the tried and tested method of putting your baby in a day care center. When selecting a day care center for your child it is important to keep a few pointers in mind. Firstly, ensure that the particular day care center you choose has at least one certified trained person to oversee all proceedings. Secondly, make sure it fits in comfortably enough with your monthly expenditure, since most of them are extremely expensive. In fact they are so expensive that many parents wonder if it is cost effective for them both to continue working.
However, the recent tax deductions for parents with children under the age of 12 have come as a boon for all working parents. If you have not been aware of this tax advatage or have not been utilizing them you must contact your accountants or professional tax planners to help your out with this. With their assistance you ought to be able to claim this deduction on your taxes and take a welcome breather.