i work from home, i do most of my work when dd is sleeping or when dh is home. I also tutor for extra money, but my student is dh's cousin so he understands when dd is running around the house. they knew when I accepted the job that I wouldn't have someone to watch her, and it was fine with them since I'm working with them when it comes to my fees.
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When I was working I didn't pay for childcare. I worked 3-11 and my husband worked 9-5 so our son just stayed with my mom from 2 to whenever my husband got home. The hospital had a daycare for employees but I never even signed up for it.
I'm in a somewhat unique position since my sister is my son's daycare provider. She also cares for other children, not only my son. Due to my schedule, she currently isn't charging me anything because he's there for a such a short period of time. During school breaks she charges me $2.00/hour.
My kids are 12, 9 and 7. They have never been in daycare and i have almost always had a full time job(there was a short time when I stayed at home).
Before we had kids my husband and I talked at length about childcare and working. We came to the conclusion that *for us* daycare was never an option. In the beginning we worked opposite shifts. We were both managers for the same company and even though we worked in different locations we were able to coordinate our schedules.
After my 3rd child was born I took a part time job. I worked when he didn;t work.
I am now again working full time and work, for the most part, when my husband is home.
I had my oldest when I was 28, so I had finished my bachelor's degree and had almost 6 years of experience in my career, which pays pretty well, when she was born. My youngest is 4.5 years younger than my oldest, so I only had about 2 months overlap where I paid full-time daycare for 2 children, except for school holidays and summer breaks. Now that they are both in school, and I didn't lose those 10 years of experience and pay increases, after school care and care during summer and school breaks is a very small percentage of my salary. My husband and I work in the same field, so our salaries are almost equal.