Aftermarket Insider - August/September 2009 - (Page 16)

iNSiDER TooLbox School’s Out for Summer – What’s a Working Parent to do? For parents with school-aged children, summer can be a very stressful and challenging season. Parents not only need to find and secure adequate child care, but they also have to find a way to manage the additional (and often sizable) extra cost. Summer child care facts: • The average number of hours children ages six-12 are left alone during the day triples during the summer from four to 12 hours. • Summer is the hardest time to make sure their child has things to do, 58 percent of parents say. There are several possible ways to deal with the summer child care dilemma – consider the following options: Get your employer to help you. When workers experience child care problems, they are often late or are forced to miss work. Also, they may be preoccupied. Combined, these factors slow production and cost employers, so employers really do have an incentive to help their workers with child care. Do the research or even start a task force – see how many people at your workplace are affected by child care issues and what it is costing your company. Then research what a child care program would cost. When your employer sees how helping families with their child care needs could actually help their bottom line, they will be much more apt to provide services. Adjust your work schedule. Employers are increasingly allowing more flexibility. Depending on your family situation, making simple adjustments to your work schedule can alleviate some of the summer stresses of child care. For example, working four 10-hour days rather than five eight-hour days will provide you with one less day you need to send the kids to child care. If you have a partner who can do the same thing, or if you can adjust your “weekends” to offset your partner’s, you will only have to send the kids to day care a couple days a week in the summer, dramatically reducing your costs. Source: 16 | AFTERMARKET INSIDER | AUGUST • SEPTEMBER 2009

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 Aftermarket Insider - August/September 2009
President's Message
Association News
Special Deliveries for AAPEX 2009
Industry Events
Member Profile
Three-in-One Market Intelligence
Segment Spotlight
Market Research
Company Profile
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Aftermarket Insider - August/September 2009