Don't Rule Out the Sitter Yet...

Don't Rule Out the Sitter Yet...

Part of staying at home when you are a parent gives you the freedom of having to pay for a sitter or daycare. Having childcare can have a huge impact on your finances and depending on how many children you have that need a sitter, you can end up spending thousands of dollars by time the year is up. Working out of your home does cut the cost down quite a bit. But now that you are home and have the kids 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, you may be starting to miss the days of getting to drop the kids off for a bit.
 
I love getting to be with my daughter and spending time with her. Being at home I get to be a lot more involved with her everyday milestones and achievements and we do have a much stronger bond together than when I was working outside the house with crazy, inconsistent hours. Now that she is old enough to have her own friends and the desire to play with other kids, I still don't have the huge daycare bill, but she doesn't have to be home all the time with me either. Since she still has friends that aren't in school I can set up play dates with her friends and she can go over to their house for a couple hours or have a friend over that will keep her entertained for quite a while.
 
Another option is to get your extended family involved if they live locally. How about seeing if Grandma wants to spend the day with the kids or take them to the zoo. Maybe an aunt or uncle wants to host a sleep over for their nieces and nephews. Once again, this will usually cost you less than drop in daycare or nothing at all. Not only are you going to get a kid free environment to get some work done, but your kids are going to get to work on building a relationship with other family members that they may have not had the chance to. There are benefits for everyone when family is involved.
 
New mothers working from home may not be ready for baby to spend the day out of the house and that's okay. When you first brought baby home, you probably had offers from family members like your mother to come and stay for a few days or a couple weeks to help out around the house to help the new transition go a little smoother. Even if you took them up on the offer and plenty of time has passed for you to get into the swing of things doesn't mean that they don't ever want to come back to help out. Give them a call and ask if they want to come over and spend a couple hours with the baby so you can have a break and get some work done. This way, baby will still be at home with mom and get some extra work time in uninterrupted.
 
Go through your contacts and see what your options are. Yes, working at home means that you don't have to have a sitter anymore, but you still shouldn't rule them out completely. Everyone needs a helping hand at some time or another so don't be afraid to ask.