I’m Mulling Over My Childcare / Babysitting Options …..

I’m Mulling Over My Childcare / Babysitting Options …..

What do you use as evening childcare? I’m really curious about this one as lately, I’ve been struggling about the morality of having to leave your children and the options you have. (Or lack of in my case.) It was never really an issue when I was married, I rarely went out, and if I did, if my mum didn’t look after my kids, I went on my own. Truth be told I can probably count on one hand the times I had to ask her to babysit. Now though, it’s a completely different ball game.

I’m completely tied to only making evening or weekend appointments when my children are at their dad’s, or on the odd occasion when I need to be out for work in the evening and it doesn’t fall on those days, I have called on my mum. She never complains, but she does so much to help me out during the day, I hate having to ask. I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve had to cancel going to an event as my childcare plans fell through at the last minute so it’s time to start looking at other options. Plus it’d be nice to go on a date or even an evening gym class.  It’s not all work, work, work ya know!

I’ve toyed with the idea of asking my eldest son to babysit now and then, but in all honesty, I worry he won’t hear my youngest if he wakes up as he sits on his computer / does his homework with his earphones on. Technically he’s old enough to be a dad himself, but that still doesn’t leave me feeling comfortable about leaving him in charge!

What do you use as evening childcare? I'm really curious about this one as lately, I've been struggling

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Then there’s asking around for a local babysitter, students looking for some extra cash maybe. But I’m unsure about that one. Plus, I’m basically asking a 17-year-old to come and babysit my 17-year-old as well as my little preschooler and young teen. You see my problem now?It’s not always reliable is it, and with my aim to avoid having to cancel my evening plans, reliability is a must.

You see my problem now? It’s not always reliable is it, and with my aim to avoid having to cancel my evening plans, reliability is a must.

Plus, it’s not always reliable babysitting is it, and with my aim being to avoid having to cancel my evening plans, reliability is a must.

I’ll hands up admit that the one thing I find most difficult about being a single parent is how limited I am with childcare. I’ve even looked into using an agency like Sitters.co.uk which allows you to book childcare online, at least with this option I can build up a bank of local carers who have been reference-checked and have professional childcare experience. I’ve checked it out and bookmarked it as a backup plan.

So there you go,  unless you can suggest otherwise? I’d really love to know.

What do you use as evening childcare? I'm really curious about this one as lately, I've been struggling

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