Special Report

10 Jobs That Make Parenting Manageable

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10. Teacher’s aide
> Median annual salary: $21,239

Teacher’s aides typically have the same time off for holidays and summer break that teachers do, and can spend it with their children. They can sometimes even work in the schools that their children attend, saving time on commuting and carpooling.

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9. Online teacher/tutor
> Median annual salary: $36,650

Many parents already have experience helping their own children with schoolwork – especially the experience gained during pandemic shutdowns – and may be able to apply their learned skills to a paid position (especially considering the current teacher shortage).

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8. Writer/blogger
> Median annual salary: $38,442

The flexibility of writing for websites and print publications or blogging can be great for the hectic and unpredictable schedule of a parent. Bloggers in particular tend to be self-employed, and can work only when they want to (though less work will mean less income, of course).

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7. Customer service representative
> Median annual salary: $40,406

Customer service reps can also work from home. Many customer service lines operate over a wide range of hours that may work well with the schedule of a parent. The patience it takes to raise children can also be applied when dealing with irate customers.

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6. Ridesharing or delivery driver
> Median annual salary: $49,469

The rise of the gig economy and the ability to flexibly work for companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash has given many workers more options. These services allow parents to work whenever they want, which is great for those who may have more free time some weeks than others.

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