Finding Alternative Child CareBeth Anne Ballance
We’ve found ourselves stuck in a pretty suck-fest situation again; we have no childcare today due to a “Teacher Work Day” for Harrison’s daycare, but still-a-work-day for Momma & Daddy.
My husband and I have argued back and forth over who would/should stay home with the kid and then it turned out once more that neither one of us could do it — neither of us has time off due to the fact that I’m contracting and my husband is in a start-up business. He offered to take Harrison to work with him, but that just seems like zero fun for the kiddo, not to mention a missed nap. There is no way I can take the kid to work with me and both of my parents work. Our former nanny has a different job now, so I can’t simply call her up, either.
So then it comes down to THE BIG QUESTIONS: where the heck do we find childcare and whose job can take the hit?
I have to be honest, I’m not really digging the last-minute childcare centers in town where you drop your kid off for the day but you don’t know the teachers or the other children. I’m weird and overprotective like that, but I also know my kid and how strangers and strange situations throw him for a loop.
But my friends all have more than one kiddo and there is no way I could toss my wild man on them for 9 hours. That just wouldn’t be very friend-tastic of me to even ask, you know?
So the solution for today is sort of a rotating Momma-Gram-Grandaddy-Daddy childcare system where we all get in the majority of our work day. It’s a hard juggle and I’m thankful that we have parents who can help out because otherwise, it wouldn’t just be a problem — we’d honestly be screwed.
What do you do when you face this problem? Is there a solution that I’m not thinking of?
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