My sister, who has two boys under the age of 10, has a demanding job as a project administrator for an IT company and one of her boys is struggling with schoolwork.
She was trying to work out a possible plan to assist him but she doesn't have the time, as she leaves for work just after five in the morning and arrives home just before dinner.
Anyhoo, I couldn't see how she could manage to change her schedule and still deliver what her job demands. Her schedule is hideous, in my book. I was fortunate that my own work could be flexible and I was able to go freelance when Baby was still young and needed me. Sure, the lack of regular salary affected us, but I was still able to work and be there for her. My sister's job requires her to be at the office during working hours and her responsibilities require a few extra hours. So she has less opportunity to be flexible. Sadly, this is the challenge many working mothers have to face.
So trying to lighten her load a little bit, I volunteered to tutor Nephew4 with subjects he struggles with if my own schedule allows. I don't know whether I'm an appropriate solution for the problem, but having worked in educational publishing for so long and developed educational material for the current CAPS curriculum, I thought I could apply some of the principles I learnt along the way. Also, my university training included Education methodologies, though it's been so long since those days I don't know if I still remember the stuff.
Anyhoo, today I have some planning to do so Nephew4 and I start work on Monday.