Telecommuting and White House Help for Working Parents

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While parents in the United States struggle to balance work, family, and personal responsibilities, parents in other countries receive certain work-related benefits that mitigate a portion of this problem.

In most countries—with the exception of New Guinea, Oman, and the United States—women receive paid maternity leave, and men receive paternity leave to welcome a new baby into the world. Once children are ready for school, employers help make early childhood education affordable for their employees’ children. In addition, employers offer paid time off with parental and sick leaves. To parents in the United States, many of these benefits seem out of reach.

telecommutingSince the United States has a disproportionate amount of women in the workforce when compared to other wealthy countries, currently ranking 17th out of 22 countries, the White House and Congress are seeking solutions to encourage women to work after having children. Specifically, Democratic members of Congress spoke to women across the country about:

  • Paid sick and parental leave
  • Affordable childcare
  • Minimum wage
  • Equal pay

In addition, President Obama has pledged his support to all parents who wish to work while raising a family so that the United States can once again become a leader in the global economy. These initial efforts by the Obama administration have begun an important conversation about the socio-economic struggles of raising a family, and working parents will undoubtedly listen to very closely.

telecommutingThe 3.3 million U.S. citizens who consider their home their primary place of work have already found one solution to concerns about childcare and parental leaves: telecommuting.

Some telecommuters only work while their children are in school or take advantage of creative childcare options to better balance their work and family lives. Also, since many telecommuting opportunities are flexible, work-at-home parents have the freedom to schedule their professional obligations around their children’s activities and be available to provide some tender loving care when illness strikes.

Although many working parents are interested in telecommuting, finding reputable virtual job opportunities is often difficult. However, Virtual Vocations is the light at the end of that seemingly dark tunnel. When you find interesting at-home positions in our Telecommute Jobs Database, you can be assured that each job opening you view is properly vetted by our trained, experienced staff determined to bring you one step closer to achieving that healthy work-family balance!

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About Julie Radachy 10 Articles
Julie Radachy is a Virtual Vocations success story, having located and secured multiple positions advertised on the site as a subscriber. Now, she is a proud member of the Virtual Vocations team, working as a Summary Writer and Telecommute Blog author. Julie has over a decade of experience working in full telecommute roles for corporations and non-profit organizations in the education industry. In addition to researching the latest education initiatives, Julie enjoys reading and discussing telecommuting news and trends.

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