Over the weekend, I conversation with an amazing mother who brought to light some very important questions pertaining to our current economic location and the care of the most important thing in her life, her son. When her son was born she decided to follow what she felt was best for her and her family and become a stay-at-home-mother. At the end of 2008 her husband, like many others, was laid off and she got back to the work force. It’s not her ideal and she would love to eventually get back to her life as a SAHM, but she also knows that it’s not going to happen tomorrow. She also knows that her husband is going to have a new job in the near future and in preparation she’s taking a look at her different childcare options.
Having been on the waiting list for a local Mother’s Day Out program since her son was still in the womb she decided to get a head start on the daycare search. Fortunately, she found one she liked and was able to get on the list and it shouldn’t take too long to actually get in. Unfortunately, her heart hasn’t completely been in to the whole idea. And, the reality is that she can’t really afford to increase her childcare budget to allow for full-time nanny’s salary. But what are her options?
I took the time to brainstorm different ideas on how to ease her mind and find the perfect option for her family. Here are a few of the ideas we came up with. It’s nice to know that in a time like this, we can work together to find the right option for your individual situation. The experiences I’ve had owning my own nanny agency have proven that no two families needs are ever the same.
Look for a smaller, in-home daycare. I gave her the number of a good friend of mine who had spent years as one of the best teachers at our local MDO program. She wanted to continue to what she does best, but in her own home. It allows parents to still have more on-one-one attention without breaking the bank. The key is to find the best one for you so check out the facilities, interview current clients and talk to people who know the owner.
Think about a “nanny share.” You are certainly not the only person in your situation. Talk to your friends and see if anyone is interested potentially sharing a nanny. This works great for children who are the same age, but can also work beautifully for children who aren’t so close in age. There are many nannies who can easily work with multiple children and there are many who prefer it. Unless your stockpiling a dozen of children in the lap of your caregiver the price won’t multiply likewise, and you’ll be able to split the costs.