For any parent, the topic of childcare is never ever easy. Whether you work at home, stay at home, own your own business, or commute every day to your job, we all need help with our children — even if it’s to get out to get a hair cut or shop alone.
Over the past year, I’ve somehow (not sure how) managed to keep my head above water while raising two kids and building my own media business and brand. It grew out of my blog, which led to writing for Disney as well as other contracts, including handling all of the social media for a local D.C. area company (which is now my main job). It’s truly been amazing, however extremely tiring, and it hasn’t always gone smoothly.
The reality is, we can’t do it all alone, and working in 15-30 minute increments is not exactly productive. Nor is staying up until 2 a.m.
However, full-time childcare was just not possible for us financially, and I thought long and hard whether as to where I could cut back to find a happy medium. After a visit last year for my brother’s wedding, a cousin of mine put forth the idea of living with us and helping us with the kids.
Upon discussing it with my husband, we decided it was good for all of us. Now, we not only have someone to help care for our children, but it is someone we can afford, who we know, love, and trust — and who also loves our children. She also gets the experience of living (somewhat on her own after college) and perfecting her English. We feel truly lucky to have this opportunity, which we know very well does not happen for many.
And the end of the day, it is quite magical for me as well — my children get spoken to in Spanish by someone other than me, and I’ve been reminded of the importance of more than just mami and papi — children need to learn to love, care and share time with other members of the extended family. There is so much good in this situation and I am thankful every day.
Have you had family members care for your children? How has your experience been?