What can I do to ensure that my 4 year old will be well-cared for while I'm at work?

Been a stay at mom for many years and now would like to go back to being independent. I have been looking for part-time work for almost a year in accounting, to general office work etc. I currently have a choice to accept a part time sales job at a retail store working mornings and evenings. As an anxious mother to a four year old boy, how can I ensure his safety and happiness while in the care of a father who has little patience and creative when it comes to child rearing? This is the same father who carried our then 15-month old baby while on a skateboard going downhill in the middle of the road. He has apologized and said it won't be repeated. He tends to not think for our children's welfare first, aside from little patience, he allows them to eat junk food, sleep way past their bedtime on a school night, watch tv for long periods, feeds them late, etc. Our 4 yr old is quite a challenge, he can try your patience but I've learned to be creative in distracting him so it's been smoother with me than with his dad. In his dad's care and this is when I'm just in another part of the house, I hear him cry, yelled at or smacked in his behind often. Need your suggestions please.

Asked By: - 1/21/2013
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It sounds like you don't trust him to watch the kids so going to work really isn't an option. When you are at work, you need your mind focused on work. That's only fair to the company that hired you... More
Answered By: Captain - 1/21/2013
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You can't. If you have a husband who does not understand discipline or child safety, you need to start there. Find another care provider or don't go to work.
Answered By: Canadian Snowgirl - 1/21/2013
I would suggest you write down a simple schedule for him to follow (when to eat, nap, snack..etc). Don't stock up much junk food and you could write up a menu or guidelines on what to feed them. Sit your husband down and have a talk with him about discipline and come to an agreement on what is to be done when they need... More
Answered By: Stephanie - 1/21/2013
you can't. your child's father needs to go to counseling/parenting classes but in the meantime your son needs to be in preschool. you can sign him up for head start or great start (it's free!) or get state aid to help pay for a private preschool. if he's with his father during the day he's not going to be ready for... More
Answered By: Heather - 1/22/2013
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