One of the difficult things about going from a two-income family to a one-income home is the lost income, obviously. While you might be saving on daycare costs and commuting expenses to and from the job, as well as eating out for lunch and the cost of the wardrobe, it can be a huge hit to the bank account nonetheless.
The good news is that you can recoup some of those finances. Working from home is becoming more and more popular these days. If you had a job that didn’t allow for working at home, though, you might want to explore other options.
There are many work-at-home opportunities out there that we’re not going to get into here. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to discuss taking your musical and/or art talents and creating your own business from your home.
Teaching. art, music, or dance from your home can be a nice boost to the income. You have no overhead costs to open up your home and give other people a place to express their artistic talents, or to teach people how to play an instrument or create art.
Not only will there be benefits to your bank account by creating this work-from-home art and music business, but you’ll also be exposing your children to the arts in an amazing way. There are so many benefits to the arts in children’s education.
With more and more schools around the country deeming art and music classes unnecessary benefits that take too much time out of core teaching, keeping your children exposed to the world of the arts is really going to have far-reaching benefits.
Here’s why it’s good for kids when their parents have an art and/or music business right in their own home.
Important Developmental Benefits
Children who have been exposed to art and music in their education will benefit by hitting developmental milestones.
Both art and music are beneficial to a child’s language development. In young children, art helps them learn their colors and new words simply by discussing works of art. Likewise, children will learn new words from discussing music. When children learn words to music it’s teaching them more vocabulary. Verbal competency is strengthened by music and art.
Understanding of music can help children visualize elements that go together, making them better math problem solvers. With art there are all sorts of visual cues that children are learning, including spatial awareness when working with clay or beads. Art also benefits a child’s motor skills.
Music and art also help children enhance their creativity and inventiveness. This innovation is going to be important in a child’s adult life even if they don’t go on to do art or music as adults.
Better Test Scores
Children who are exposed to art and music are more likely to score higher on tests. They don’t just do better on concentration type tasks like test taking, but they also help with basic memory recall and even verbal recall proficiency.
Making the decision to become a stay-at-home parent is never an easy one. If you can recoup some of the lost job income by creating an at home business with music and/or art, then you can also provide an environment for your children that they are sure to flourish in - simply by being exposed to the art and music in your home. Killing two birds with one stone is never a bad thing.