three-week exchange is a great way for a big group of parents to get to know each other and to enjoy some stress-free babysitting.
If you are interested in starting your own co-op, visit www.sittingaround.com, a website that helps parents set up and organize their own groups.
The Ongoing Babysitting Co-op
Why not ask your friends if they’re also looking for alternatives to traditional babysitting? When you swap babysitting with another parent, it’s a win-win situation: your children get to play with their friends, you can have confidence that they are in good hands, and it’s free. With these four types of exchanges in your toolbox, you are well on your way to finding truly reliable and affordable babysitters.
Being new to town and having a husband who traveled frequently, Janie Werner feels blessed by the quality, affordable childcare she received during the years she participated in a babysitting co-op. In a co-op, parents earn points based on the hours they watch other members’ children, and they redeem points when others babysit for them. Some groups appoint a secretary who keeps track of each member’s hours while others trade co-op coupons or poker chips. Janie feels like geography is Sandi Haustein is a freelance writer and a mom of four children. When she and her husband don’t want to pay a key to success for co-ops: if members live within big bucks for a sitter, they beg their friends to trade a well-defined area, they are more likely to use babysitting. each other’s services. She also suggests capping the babysittinghours that a person can use before working them off so that no one takes advantage of the system.
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