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provide her with the opportunity to be compensated for work she really enjoys
while being home when her husband and her children return from work and
school. Susan has done her homework. She has investigated how to become
licensed and has attended an orientation training that provides clarification
about the regulations and requirements for licensure. Susan has also read
lots of books. She has chosen the curriculum she will use and has purchased
materials that complement the activities and daily routines she wants to
introduce. She has also investigated assessment tools and has selected one
that corresponds perfectly with her curriculum.
Before doing any of this, however, Susan was smart enough to recognize
that operating a child care business in her home would affect not only her
but also her household members. She has made a point of talking with other
licensed providers before initiating discussions with her family. She has asked
questions and listened carefully while providers describe some of the chal-
lenges that can occur when blending a business with your home environ-
ment. Because Susan has invited this feedback, she is well prepared when she
meets with her family to present her business plan.
Susan is enthusiastic about the benefits she sees in providing child care
from the family’s home, but she is also honest about the potential problems
that might arise from this decision. She works very hard at helping her hus-
band and children see that their opinions matter to her. She stresses that by
working together, the family can resolve any issues that might arise.
Susan’s business has been a great success. Her licensing visit is successful,
as are subsequent business-related visits so far. Her family might not always
be overjoyed at sharing their home with a group of small children, but no
member of her family feels disempowered or unable to express an opinion.
So far, her husband and children are willing participants in resolving any
problems that arise.