Saturday, October 21, 2006

Babysitting Co-op

One of the advantages of living in this area is the number of other families who are in our exact stage of life. Some of the other seminary wives and I have created a babysitting co-op together. We trade babysitting with each other so that we don't have to pay someone to watch our kids. We keep track with tickets, and charge each other 2 tickets per hour for 1 child, and 1 ticket per hour for each child thereafter. So, for our blessed family of 3, it's 4 tickets an hour. We all start out with a number of tickets, and so far it has been terrific! We get to go out a lot more often, and it's not so much of a favor to ask a friend to watch the kids because they're earning tickets that they can use later.

Another major advantage is that so far, the other families in the co-op all have girls, so I get to look after some girls occasionally- a nice change. The pic is Morgan playing our piano. This was her favorite activity while she was with us.


Jim and Jaena said...

This is a fantastic idea! I love the ticket system because then everyone would know where they stand. I think I will try to set this up with some friends. :o)

Robin said...

What a great idea! And the ticket idea is genius! I wonder if this would work for puppy sitting!

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.