Some days I just need to do things without the kids. Whether it’s a doctor appointment for me or a run to the store for something that I don’t want to take them with me, it’s just easier and faster to go by myself.
During school these things are so much easier to do but in summer it becomes almost impossible. I can find a sitter if I need although some days they’re hard to nail down and let’s not forget they can be expensive.
This summer I’m considering a babysitter co-op with friends. I ran across this simple and brilliant idea on a mom board recently and knew this could do so well in my circle of friends. Basically you swap off children for a set amount of time every week and every mom gets a break. Sounds like heaven to me.
Here’s a guideline for you to check out on how to make this work:
1. Establish a base
Whether it’s a circle of close friends in your neighborhood or church, establish a base group. Keeping this number small keeps it more manageable.
2. Establish communication
This can be as simple as a group text or a dedicated Facebook page. Something that everyone will see and be able to respond to in a timely fashion.
3. Evenly exchange
To keep it as simple as possible evenly exchange every week between the group. For example, if you have three families participating then each week a family posts what day and time they’re available. Capping the day at three hours ensures that the mom on duty doesn’t get burned out. The other families are allowed to drop their child off on the date and time that the others are available and then you open your house once a week. This ensures that everyone participates and everyone gets a break.
Tip: Talk about snack structure before you begin. Decide if it’s best to work around meals, if you will provide snacks for your house or if you will be sending snacks. Communication is key for this type of agreements.
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