If you’re like most Americans, or citizens of the world, you don’t have a bunch of money lying around to pay for additional childcare. Whether you work full time or you left your job to take care of the kids, chances are you don’t often pay for additional childcare because it’s just too expensive.
If you are able to afford a babysitter even a few hours a week so that you can get some time to work on the things that are meaningful to you, then that’s awesome! However, whether you’re a one or two income family, paying for childcare is just not a reality for a lot of families out there.
I know that you don’t want to feel like you’re pawning your kids off on someone else. However, remember that even if it’s once in a while, it’s incredibly important for you to get the time you need to feel fulfilled. As long as they’re safe and well taken are of, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting time to refill your cup by being productive and creative!
This is especially true if you’re hoping to be able to put your creative work towards starting a business. Maybe daycare or a nanny can be an option someday, but if that isn’t an option for you right now, you’re not alone.
That said, if you’re smart and creative about childcare options, you’ll be surprised to see how a few hours here and a few hours there really do add up.
Trade Babysitting Hours with a Friend
Lots of friends set up a system where they trade babysitting hours. They’ll watch each other’s kids one or two days a week each and that allows the other some free time to get work done when they both would have been taking care of baby anyway. Reach out and see if any of your friends are available! You may be surprised would love an arrangement like this!
See if you Apply for a Government Subsidy
This may be more for those who are interested in investing time into creating a business, but there are some instances where local government agencies have funds set aside for childcare if you apply and are accepted. You’ll need to search online information for local options as this opportunity depends greatly on where you are in the United States.
Check Out Local Churches
There are plenty of churches with childcare options all over the country. While many of them are surprisingly affordable, some are just as expensive as a for-profit professional daycare. However, it’s not unheard of for programs to exist that provide “scholarships” for discounted or free childcare for smaller amounts of time. Call the offices of local churches and see if there are options available.
I’m willing to bet that there is at least ONE person in your family that would love at least an hour or two of baby time a week. Perhaps even if they’re from out of town, I bet grandma and grandpa would love a few hours alone with baby whenever they come to visit! Capitalize on that time.
Have a Heartfelt Talk with Your Partner
This may be a little controversial as it can be a touchy subject, but there are a LOT of moms out there who have to take care of their kids alone–meaning dad doesn’t help out very much at all. If that’s you, girl, my heart goes out to you.
We all know exactly how exhausting taking care of kiddos can be. Right? And while I’m a FIRM believer that dad’s don’t babysit (they’re a parent just as much as you are!), I realize that not every woman enjoys a world where this way of thinking exists. Unfortunately, many women are stuck in communities where others would champion the opposite point of view. This is just not fair and you deserve better.
If this is you, I want to encourage you to talk to your partner. If you’re wanting to do creative work to invest in a potential business, talk about what that means for both of you. Now, if you just need a break to do something creative, something to fill up your cup, that’s a different, but equally important conversation. If you’re feeling stressed about this, email me and let’s talk!
Alright, that’s my list!
Collective: Any other ideas out there? I’d love to hear them! Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you? Any tips you want to share?
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