Make the most of school hours by looking for a part-time job or freelance work.
"There are lots of things that can be done during school hours— you can have a freelance job, a permanent part time job. If your children are in school, it doesn't require the extra cost of hiring a babysitter," said Kathryn Sollmann, founder and CEO of 9 Lives for Women, a blog and career coaching consultancy for women navigating work and life.
These jobs are not necessarily in retail, an industry known for being flexible, experts said.
"More and more companies are looking for independent contractors to save on overhead on employee benefits and real estate space. So there's a much more ripe environment for independent freelance work or longer-term project work," Sollmann said.
If you're over-committed with volunteer work at your child's school or a local organization, consider scaling back a bit to pursue work. If you want to keep volunteering, Sollmann recommends choosing volunteer tasks you could put on your resume. For example, a mom may want to opt to help manage a book sale as opposed to baking cupcakes.