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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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35. Take Care of Childcare

There are few unalterable truths about much of anything, but about telecommuting there is one undeniable, nondebatable, nearly universal truth: Telecommuting is not a substitute for childcare. While you may have more time with your family (assuming you manage your workaholic tendencies and discipline yourself to stay out of your office when you should be with your family), the additional family time you have is derived primarily from your former commuting time.

Unfortunately, this is a great myth of telecommuting that still prevails (primarily among uninformed nontelecommuters). So, don't be surprised if people comment about your having more time with your family or being able to raise your children while working (a ...

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