Ok, here is a nifty idea! You can start a time-sharing pool with the parents in your neighborhood or your kids’ school. As the time-share captain, you can share time watching the kids of the other parents. They will also have their turn to watch yours.
This can happen once or twice a month, depending on how many moms or dads are willing to participate. You may get once a week time-share if enough parents and friends join in. It’s good to take 4-6 kids. You set the day and the amount of time you can give. Four hours is the usual time-frame, but of course it’s up to you and your time-share pool members. This is how it works!
- Depending on the number of parents and the amount of time each one has, structure a schedule. Make sure the days are good with all time-share participants and stick to them. This way you can make your appointments, run errands, do the shopping, catch up on house stuff, or even take a nap. Hell ladies, why NOT go to a movie!
- Whomever is scheduled for the “time-Share” that day, it’s up to you on how you spend the time. Kids will just start playing minutes after they are dropped off, so keep it simple! Don’t put so much pressure on your day! Pop in a movie, have some coloring books out, get out the building blocks. You can maybe put out an iPad or two with learning apps on them like Genius Kid. You can ask the kids to act out their favorite characters. Have different stations set up so they can rotate through the stations playing each one. You can bring the kids to a movie at the theater as well. These are just a few suggestions. It’s your time! You’re the Time-Share-Captain.
- Swapping Days! Sure, why not? If you want to swap a day and someone else is willing, then go ahead and trade. Also, make sure you group-text everyone so they know where to drop their kid. Believe me, this has been forgotten in the past. Yikes!
- Send thank-you cards. It’s really cool to have your kid send a thank you to their buddies who came over. In this way, they learn about etiquette, communication, addressing a card, using stamps, and good manners. It teaches them more about communication and it’s neat for a kid to get something in the mail these days!
Ok, that is the gist of it all. You can make your own rules and schedules. It really does work and it’s very helpful to get a break. I was able to get 2 days a week out of my group. Everyone was totally into it. Good luck with yours!