I’ve blogged before about the babysitter and daycare situation in the rural community in Alaska where I live. There is no organized daycare, trusted babysitters are few and far between, and I’m back to square one, looking for a new sitter as the one who said she could work for us through the winter decided to move out of town.
While we have a pretty good lead from our previous childcare provider who we trusted implicitly (she is also moving out of town), there is a window of at least a week where I’m without any viable options. If you work from home, then you have a sense of what I must be feeling. And frankly, I thought I’d be freaking out more than I am. But somehow, I have found this zen space, and I’m just going with the flow, as challenging as it is.
Yes, she was incredibly good yesterday for the entire time I was listening in on an hour and a half conference call prepping for an important client presentation.
But yes, she also began speaking to me when - and only when - I was asked to give input on the call and began speaking into the phone. It seemed to be the signal to her to start talking to me, nonstop, getting louder and louder as I tried to move into another room and ended up practically squashed behind the refrigerator in the kitchen to muffle her “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!”
My business partner said that she heard my daughter in the background. All I could do was apologize, but I couldn’t promise it wouldn’t happen later this week on the actual client call and major presentation. How can I? The only way I could would be locking said talkative daughter in her room, and going to the other side of the house so as not to hear her screams.
Tempting. But that is so un-zen.
So in my total zenness of being, I somehow calmly let my husband know of my predicament. Calmly, so as not to stir up any stress between us. And he called a little while ago to say he thinks he can come home for lunch to help with our daughter while I’m on my call.
That man deserves some sex tonight! He is currently on the top of my Hero list. Of course, if things get crazy at work for him, he might not make it over to the house, but the fact that he offered gives me hope that he is finally understanding how important my company is despite the fact that I run it from home. Score!
If the possible childcare arrangement doesn’t pan out, I am not sure how long my attitude will remain zen-like. We’re waiting to see if she gets into Head Start for the Fall (our community is considered rural and under-resourced so usually all the children in the area can go to Head Start). She’s currently on the waiting list. That will be about 3 hours a day. At least it’s something.
In the meanwhile, I’m getting very creative with art projects and outdoor activities while the weather still permits. Today was paint the toilet paper rolls, glue pasta and leaves on paper, and hopscotch and count up to the number 50. Tomorrow, I’m thinking papier-mache.
What are some of your indoor and outdoor creative activity ideas you use to keep the kids busy while you’re trying to work at home? I’m all ears!