I’ve heard of this dream world, of a house, a clean house, a house with dinners on the table every evening, a house filled with the laughter of 3 children (I’m sure there are tears too), a house where both parents work…………………..I know sounds like a Disney movie without the tragic middle part of the story.
This my friends is a true story from a colleague. So what’s the family’s secret I hear you ask, a childminder who comes to their home, cleans and COOKS!!!!! I kid you not.
Having someone looking after the whole family is my dream. Giving us more time to spend together. That’s my current reason for not cleaning much at the weekends! With The Dad and I out working during the week I really don’t fancy spending 2 – 3 hours cleaning the house on the weekends when we could be in the park or even just sitting watching kid’s movies on even non-rainy days. Let’s face it, it’s a big reason for having kids, daytime movies watching 🙂
So this has me rethinking everything about our childcare set up at the moment. Although the kids are very well cared for, learning so much and happy, there is still a lot of pressure on the family mid-week. When Missy starts school next year it would be a good time to look at having someone come into our home to help and avoid dropping off and picking up from 2 separate locations. There are toddler groups in our local community centres for Junior to keep mixing with other kids while Missy is at school.
Granted there are the usual childminder concerns, what happens when they are sick, what happens when they take holidays? But with crèche’s we’re paying for when we take the kids out for holidays anyway, and they are often sent home when they’re sick. Swings and roundabouts.
With the recent introduction of the affordable childcare allowance and subsequent crèche fee increases, I was even interviewed for the paper, it has many households who use crèches rethinking what the best option is.
More great advice I heard this week was how to cover summer holidays. Seek out any local teacher who is on contract and looking to work during the summer. That’s one of the best solutions I’ve heard to be honest, as parents using all their annual leave would still leave some weeks to be covered and would mean the whole family doesn’t holiday together.
So what combinations of childcare have you all come up with? Whats working and what is not? I’ll be on the lookout for someone who comes recommended for next year.