Babysitting Co-Op

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Finding a babysitter to watch your kids while you and your spouse enjoy a night out can be a difficult task. If you can find a sitter, it's often an expensive add-on to dinner and a movie. Stefania Butler's sometimes avoided the babysitter tab by exchanging babysitting with another couple friend.

Heather at four sweetpeas has a variation on that theme with her babysitting co-op. Every fifth Saturday 10 kids gather at her house for four hours of "screaming and laughing and sometimes crying (that would be me)". They do a craft, have a snack and gather on the sofa with pillows and blankets for movie time. The reward for all the chaos? A night out every other Saturday without kids.

I've been a part of a couple of Babysitting Co-Ops, some have worked for me better than others and I've mainly used the Co-Op for daytime sitting needs. I love this idea, because my kids are older now and could have a later bedtime without all you-know-what breaking loose. One problem I have is that my group of friends likes to go out together with and without the kids. [link via Loobylu]

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