Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sharing child care

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 9:32 PM
Share child care: This has been one of the most beneficial, mutually helpful parts of my mommy girlfriend relationships. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or work-away-from-home mom, you know the importance of getting to do things by yourself. Whether it’s running to the grocery store, having an uninterrupted two hours to clean, or just a desire for quiet and rest, having a friend to share child care with is priceless. This is a relationship that doesn’t involve finances and doesn’t involve score-keeping. It needs to be a balanced relationship, with each person giving and accepting responsibilities. A friend of mine and I have done this for years. One of us has a doctor’s appointment and the other watches her child (or children.) The other has a meeting, the first returns the favor. We have even begun sharing doctor’s appointments. We go together (either for ourselves or for the children) and take turns. We run errands together and for each other. It makes life less complicated and less exhausting. You actually have an adult to talk to on the drive, you’re saving gas, and the children are entertained. A trip to the grocery store without children or with another adult just isn’t as energy-draining. You can even exchange child care for date nights with your husband, something we’ll discuss in more detail later. Sharing child care, when done in a balanced and healthy way, benefits everyone involved, including the children.

1 comments on "Sharing child care"

Robyn Malvasia on March 14, 2008 at 10:04 PM said...

I have friends i do this with also, it does help alot.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sharing child care

Share child care: This has been one of the most beneficial, mutually helpful parts of my mommy girlfriend relationships. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or work-away-from-home mom, you know the importance of getting to do things by yourself. Whether it’s running to the grocery store, having an uninterrupted two hours to clean, or just a desire for quiet and rest, having a friend to share child care with is priceless. This is a relationship that doesn’t involve finances and doesn’t involve score-keeping. It needs to be a balanced relationship, with each person giving and accepting responsibilities. A friend of mine and I have done this for years. One of us has a doctor’s appointment and the other watches her child (or children.) The other has a meeting, the first returns the favor. We have even begun sharing doctor’s appointments. We go together (either for ourselves or for the children) and take turns. We run errands together and for each other. It makes life less complicated and less exhausting. You actually have an adult to talk to on the drive, you’re saving gas, and the children are entertained. A trip to the grocery store without children or with another adult just isn’t as energy-draining. You can even exchange child care for date nights with your husband, something we’ll discuss in more detail later. Sharing child care, when done in a balanced and healthy way, benefits everyone involved, including the children.

1 comments:

Robyn Malvasia said...

I have friends i do this with also, it does help alot.

 

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