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To begin, we can share strategies to cushion impacts, modify daycare, identify needs, find remedies while we change gears.
From experience, I can share a few tactics that seemed beneficial; ranging from creative use of flextime, parents arranging staggered schedules, the comfort of the family-bed and intensive togetherness, a live-in grandmother, home-schooling, revising priorities. Of these, time and priority juggling were basically short term solutions.
For those choosing limited hours or not yet ready to make their move...Who has experience with on-site daycare; do parents freely, frequently spend time with their children? Has anyone seen or tried daycare with more sibling-like age groupings, more extensive parent involvement, programs to help parents promote intimacy skills?
From those who´ve made the transition to homebased self-employment, did you observe transitions and stages as your children learned to be with you? What helps for what age groups?
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