Flexible work is an important cost saver for working parents. According to the Census Bureau, average weekly child care expenses for working moms with kids under 15 have shot up 70% between 1985 and 2011. That’s an average savings of up to $9,700 per year by skipping the commute. Furthermore, by adjusting work hours around school, soccer practice, piano lessons and doctor appointments, telecommuters can reduce the number of hours children attend in daycare, thus reducing the amount spent on childcare. And for working parents, above and beyond the cost savings is the value of spending more quality time with the kids who we work so hard for in the first place.