Posts Tagged 'childcare'

Childcare: The Great Debate Rages On

Mary Poppins and Bert

image credit: Sam Howzit, Flickr

Mary Poppins wanted. Chimney sweep boyfriend not required.

That was how our ad for a new nanny read when we sadly posted it on SitterCity.com a month ago.

Our nanny, who has been with us since I returned from maternity leave two years ago, is moving out of state. After this winter, I really don’t blame her, but now we had to look for someone else to watch the kids while my husband and I work.

My kids have always had the nanny come to our home and care for them. It was easier for me in the morning to not have to pack up twins and get them to daycare and me to work with some semblance of punctuality. But now my options were open again. Daycare? Nanny? Spend more time at home? What’s a mom to do?

We did our due diligence and toured daycares and even considered me staying home more. But those options just weren’t for us. While the daycares were completely wonderful, it didn’t feel right for our kids. And the thought of me staying home all the time sounded good at first, but the more I thought about it, the more panicky I became. Nope, not an option.

We settled on a new nanny. After weeding through dozens of applications (When I specified that I wanted an “experienced” person, the 19-year-old with “10 years of experience” doesn’t count. Not even a little.), we settled on seven for phone interviews (to this day my husband and I both swear that one of them was either high or getting high while on the phone with us) and gave four in-person interviews. A job offer was extended and she accepted! A huge weight was lifted off our shoulders.

We’re looking forward to working with the new nanny, and at the same time, we’re sad to see Original Nanny leave. But we have a transition plan in place and our fingers crossed that all goes well.

How do you handle childcare? Do you ever feel like you’re being judged? What do you say?

– Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health System and adoptive parent of multiples

Who Knew You Could Worry So Much?

As the saying goes, opinions are like ____, everyone has one. One you announce you’re pregnant, no phrase seems to be more true. As a mom you suddenly find yourself worrying about and questioning EVERYTHING!  Should I remove the bumpers from the crib?  Should I use organic milk? What if I can’t nurse until 12 months?  Why isn’t he sleeping through the night when her son, who is the same age, is?  Is this pediatrician the “right” one?  Day care or nanny?  Day care.  No, nanny. No, day care.  How much TV is too much?  Am I reading enough to my child?  Is ballet and swimming too much? Should I enroll her in swimming before 1 year?  Private or public school?  The list goes on and on. Continue reading ‘Who Knew You Could Worry So Much?’

Parents, It’s Time for a Time Out! Hire a Babysitter!

As parents, when we hear the words “time out,” we immediately think of an act of parenting used to modify inappropriate behavior. In this article however, the time-out involves you and your spouse!

It’s difficult and challenging — between parenting, working and other commitments — to take time out for yourselves. However, time away from your child allows you to better manage the daily trials and tribulations of parenting. You probably all agree with this, but you might be wondering, “Who will care for my baby?”

Continue reading ‘Parents, It’s Time for a Time Out! Hire a Babysitter!’

Offsetting the High Costs of Child Care

Many parents are dismayed at the astronomical fees for child care. Fortunately, some relief is available in two forms:

  • The dependent care tax credit
  • A deduction through an employer-sponsored dependent care assistance program.

Continue reading ‘Offsetting the High Costs of Child Care’


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