When you make the decision to stay home and care for your children, living with less disposable income often requires creative solutions. Staying at home eliminates a big expense since you don’t need to pay for daycare or babysitting. Yet all moms (and dads) still need time to get a haircut, go to the doctor or attend a class without their kids. And don’t forget the occasional date night. (Falling asleep over a gourmet meal after the kids go to sleep doesn’t count!)Forming a babysitting co-op allows you to stay on budget, conduct important business and maintain your sanity.
If you’re lucky, you already live in a neighborhood with other parents who have small children. If not, don’t worry. You have lots of options besides posting a desperate ad on Craigslist.Here are a few tips to get you started!
A babysitting co-op provides a creative solution for parents to have a babysitter and stay on budget. Every parent needs care for their children at least occasionally. Although you may not be able to pay for child care, forming a babysitting co-op offers a solution any parent can afford. You and your child might even build friendships through your co-op that last into the future.
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