Monday, September 28, 2015

One Year of Babysitting Co-op

We have now been involved in our neighborhood babysitting co-op for a little over a year, and we are still going strong.  The group has changed a bit with a family deciding it didn't work for them, and two other families joining us.  We now have five families, and 14 children (ages 1-10) who participate. 

Our kids have loved being a part of this group!  For them it's like going to a birthday party every weekend.  Greg and I love it too!  We get free babysitting for date nights three weeks out of the month.  And the weeks we've hosted have been running a lot more smoothly now that we have gotten the hang of entertaining so many children of different ages.  Some activities we've done through the year are: blow-up water slide, roasting marshmallows and making smores, board games, crafts, Bingo, Don't Eat Pete, baking, making slime, flashlights/glow sticks at the park, biking in our empty basement, playing musical instruments, sidewalk chalk, and putting just about every room and toy we have in this house to good use.

We've really grown to love the kids in this group.  And our children have all made good friends because of their weekly get togethers.  I'm so grateful that we've been able to make this work!


*Marie* said...

I love this idea! Please, please tell me how you got it started. Who did you invite? What are the requirements of the parents? What are the allowed ages of the children or maximum amount of children? What is the timing involved? How are kid activities planned, how are kid meals handled, are bedtimes involved? I want to start one, but I have no idea how to get going. I would love your suggestions and advice and experience.

Lera said...

I just posted on our ward's Relief Society Facebook page, checking for interest. Once I got four families who were interested, we all decided together what times would be best. We hold ours every Saturday night (each family takes a week during the month watching all the kids at their home) from 5:30-8:30. That time was best for us as a group because we can feed our children dinner before and get them home for bed at a decent time. We all offer snacks through the night, but the activities are up to each host to decide and put together. We message each other often to schedule which weeks we will take, how to dress kids appropriately for the activities, etc. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)