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Childcare Chillout: How to Give Mom and Dad a Well-Deserved Break

Getting a break when you have kids can sometimes be like trying to pull teeth. There are so many things that need to fall into place in order for both parents to take time together outside of work. Here are some options that you can use in order to have some time to yourselves.

Call in Favors

Currying favors with friends and relatives is one solution when it comes to solving your childcare dilemma. This could be that you ask your parents or siblings to watch your kids for the weekend so that you can get away with your significant other. Even if it’s only for a few hours, having that break from your children is good for your mental health. A relationship requires work and kids become your entire focus once they enter the picture.

Implement Co-op Solutions

Trading off days with other parents of kids of the same age is another option. This is when you agree to watch their kids one day so that they’ll watch your kids when you need a break. Having a larger pool of parents in this solution means that there will be less times that you’ll be watching someone else’s kids. Be careful that you don’t include too many kids at the same time because this can be overwhelming and leaving you needing a break right away.

Utilize Childcare Services

Using child care centres is a good solution because you don’t have to call in any favors or be responsible for someone else’s kids. You can just take your kids somewhere and know that they’ll be looked after until you pick them up. Some of these centres are more than just a babysitting service. You can enroll your kids in a interactive environment that will keep them engaged and learning new things while they’re away from you.

Hire Locally

Hiring a babysitter is another common solution if you want to get away for the night with your significant other. It will keep your kids in a familiar environment so that their routines aren’t disrupted, such as bedtime. This will help to keep everything on track after you’ve had your time away without having to deal with the fallout of your kids being tired and cranky. There are even services that allow you to check the backgrounds of those that are taking care of your kids.

You have lots of options when it comes time to take a well-deserved break. Use these solutions to help you find the right one for your family.

Tim Esterdahl

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