Boredom Busters for Mom
What can a bored and impatient at-home parent do to shake things up without spending too much of the household budget? Oh, the possibilities ...
Now about the babysitting. Hopefully, you all are as fortunate as I am, and you have grandparents, aunts, and friends asking when they can babysit your kids again. And hopefully, your spouse is home some of the time, too. But if not, there are ways to get around paying through the nose for a sitter. Ask around your neighborhood and see if anyone else with kids wants to swap time with you. Ask those grandmotherly types who are always saying how cute your kids are if they will trade babysitting for yard work or other chores that you or your spouse can do. Advertise for a babysitting co-op in your area.
If all else fails, hire a reliable teenager to babysit. I didn’t think I knew any teenagers who could babysit, but when I started asking around, I found three—one of whom is Red Cross Certified, and another who offered to babysit for free! Your sanity is more important than a few dollars an hour, a few hours a week!
Being at home with your kids as their primary caregiver is demanding, but you should have some time for yourself, too. As with everything in life, balance is important. You will shortchange your kids if you shortchange yourself. Do what it takes to refresh yourself so you can give your best to them.
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