· Monday: Maureen Monfore, Childwise Chat
· Tuesday: Valerie Plowman, Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
· Wednesday: Bethany Lynch, The Graceful Mom
· Thursday: Rachel Norman, A Mother Far From Home
· Friday: Emily Parker, Journey of Parenthood
Valerie’s post today is how to incorporate family into babysitting. She has other posts on daycare and routine babysitters, but today is all about how to make things easier for family. As always, she gives concise and very organized advice about how to make this work for everyone. I am always so jealous of friends and family that have other family members close enough to watch their children. We are 1-4 hours away from closest family and it doesn’t always accommodate date nights. However, every now and then we do have family in town or take said children to grandparents for a weekend (like last week :). Their is always a mix of slight excitement and nervousness even leaving older children. Valerie’s tips truly simplify things and make it easier…which is my favorite tip, by the way:
Make this experience as easy as possible for your family member. They are doing you a favor, so make it simple for them. Just think through the routine and what they will need to do while you are gone.
I don’t know. I think this might be my favorite quote about flexibility…which is of utmost importance with babysitters;
Pick your battles. Remember they are working for free.Only ask for the things that are of most importance to you. Keep the adage “beggars can’t be choosers” in mind here. They are doing this for free and you can’t be picky about it.
Check out the rest of Valerie’s very helpful tips on using family as babysitters at Babywise Mom.