I know I’ve written about this before, but I’m still stumped: How do you handle school vacations when your child is too old for “vacation camps” but too young to stay home alone all day?
A colleague proposed this solution: Kid co-ops. It works like this: A group of parents – preferably those whose children are friends – gathers together and divides school vacation days so that each parent takes the same amount of time off from work and watches a group of kids for the day. The key is making sure that everyone who takes on the kids for a day or two receives that same amount of childcare in return. The benefit? Your child is cared for and you don’t have to use several vacation days to cover every school vacation.
This sounds like a good idea and perhaps it’s something that I’ll keep in mind for the future. For more information about how to begin, check out this “site.”:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/85865/organize_a_child_care_coop.html It’s full of guidelines and tips to help get your childcare/babysitting co-op off the ground.
Do you participate in a childcare or babysitting co-op? How is it working out for you and your family?
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