The chaos of the past few weeks has reminded me how important it is to schedule some ME time, some fun activity where I can relax, chat with friends, and be refreshed for my happy-but-hectic life as mom. Tonight, I’m going out with a friend I haven’t seen for months, headed to a crafty event so I can reconnect with her and stretch my creative muscles at the same time. My husband had a night out with a friend this week, too, and while these nights are important for us individually, we should also try to schedule some couple time once or twice a month. Why don’t we do it more often? Our biggest challenge is the babysitting issue.
I’ve mentioned my MOMS Club’s babysitting co-op before; it’s a lifesaver for us and a big moneysaver as well. Instead of spending $40-50 for an evening sitter (and she wouldn’t even play with the kids—they’re asleep!), we trade hours with other moms that we know. I love sitting at someone else’s house: I put their kid(s) to bed, then I have that quiet ME time I needed, without any household chores or other “to do” items staring me in the face from home. I can read, watch a movie, and just relax. Our co-op keeps track of its hours online with HiveMoms, and I can see how many hours I have at all times, so I know when I need to babysit for someone else to earn more.
If you’re in a moms group like MOPS or MOMS Club, it’s easy to give HiveMoms a try. Just start a FREE profile and invite others in your group to join you; anyone who’s willing to try a babysitting co-op can do it with you.
If you’re not in a moms group, ask some of your neighborhood families or other friends to try doing a babysitting co-op with you. HiveMoms has a structure ready for you; just read through the by-laws and see how it works. HiveMoms is FREE and a great resource to help moms connect for free babysitting!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HiveMoms.com, but my opinions are my own.
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