Childcare

Babysitter Quits After Reading Employer's Private Messages

Babysitter Quits After Revealing She Had Been Reading Employer’s Private Messages Between Her & Her Husband

One stressed mama wrote to the AITA community on Reddit to ask if she did something wrong after her babysitter quit after revealing she had been reading private messages between her and her husband.

Would It Be Wrong for Me to Tell My Sister-in-Law I Can't Watch Her Kids Anymore?

Would It Be Wrong for Me to Tell My Sister-in-Law I Can’t Watch Her Kids Anymore?

A mom writes in asking for advice about watching her sister-in-law’s kids. This mom-of-three (who is currently pregnant with her fourth) says that recently her sister-in-law asked her to watch her two daughters. This mom agreed and continued to help with her SIL’s kids over the last couple of months. Between the cost of feeding two additional children and scheduling issues, this mom is feeling stressed and is thinking she may not be able to watch her SIL’s kids anymore, but she doesn’t want to create drama. What should she do?

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers, Camps Or Grandparents

Working women – especially those who work in concentrated service industries – are vulnerable to the coronavirus economy, as there is overwhelming evidence that women are being laid off or furloughed at a significantly higher rate than men.

Can Daycares Require Kids to Wear Masks During the Pandemic?

Can Daycares Require Kids to Wear Masks During the Pandemic?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her daycare. She says her son’s daycare, which is operating as an “essential business,” has decided to require all children in their care to wear masks at all times except for snack time and lunch. This mom is looking for thoughts and feedback on this requirement.

Date Night

My Husband Planned a Date Night and Included Our Kids, But I Needed A Night Away: Thoughts?

A community mom writes in looking for thoughts on how to tell her husband that she is desperate for a date night out without the kids. She doesn’t want to hurt his feelings for trying to take her out with the kids, but she really needs a night away.

What is decent pay for a 15-year-old babysitter?

Hi! I have an anon question. I’m trying to figure out what decent pay is for a 15 year old baby sitter. She will be staying with a 10 and 12 year old. Mainly to be there if they need something. It will be for 8-12 hours. Thanks! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My Son Has Started Hitting Other Kids at School and His Behavior at Home Isn't Any Better: How Can I Change This?

My Son Has Started Hitting Other Kids at School and His Behavior at Home Isn’t Any Better: How Can I Change This?

A mom writes in, asking for advice on how best to deal with her 3-year-old’s tantrums. She says he has been getting in trouble at daycare, hitting and punching other kids. He’s quick to frustration and doesn’t listen at home. She would like some advice on how to improve this behavior.

I am usure on keeping my daughter in daycare of using someone else: Thoughts?

Can you post this question Anonymously please. What would you do if your child is at a daycare that is amazing but it’s just too far and too much. There’s someone closer and cheaper that can watch the child, but you don’t know if she can be reliable. I’ve know her last year, she wasn’t that great, but I’ve heard from people that she has really improved in the last few months. What would you do, swap him to the new one or keep him where he’s at?? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Who should pay the babysitter?

My husband and I are going away for my cousin’s wedding. We can’t take the kids (they weren’t invited). My mother in law is watching them overnight but asked if I could get her some help for a few hours since she’ll be with them overnight. I got a sitter to come to help her with baths, dinner, and bedtime (coming at 3/4 staying until 9). My question is… who should be responsible for paying for the sitter? Me or my MIL? Let me say I’m willing to do it, but I think she should be able to handle the kids without help (my mother had taken my kids for long weekends on occasion with no issue). Advice, please? TIA Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Tip on babysitting a breastfed baby?

I babysit a five-month-old baby girl twice a week, Monday and Friday. She is breastfed. When I first started watching her at about three months, she took a bottle and now she refuses the bottle. I’ve asked the parents to help encourage a bottle for her, but they are quick to give her the breast when she starts to scream. The mom works at the hospital, and I live 45 minutes from her. When she is hungry and me, she screams face red. I’ve tried giving her the bottle before that happens. But once she’s hungry, she screams. Nothing I try will soothe her so I could try the bottle again. She screams until I wrap her and rock her to sleep. She takes a little bit of baby food. I’ve tried a cup, a spoon, and even a syringe (medicine doppler). All efforts just get spit out. I’m not sure where I’m going wrong. Any helpful ideas would be appreciated! Thank you! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

How much should I pay a babysitter?

I have a two-month-old, and I’m thinking about going back to work mid-January he will be three months old by then, I have a friend and neighbor who is willing to babysit, but we have no idea what I should pay her to watch him. She lives next door and id be providing everything. Id work at absolute max 40 hrs a week. We live in a small town in Ohio, what should I pay her a week? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I am nervous for my grandma to babysit my newborn: Advice?

My LO is 7wks, and I will be going back to work in January. I also have an older daughter (10 yrs). With my older daughter, my grandmother has kept her from the time she was a newborn till now and we haven’t ever had an issue (other than this past year) my grandmother had a few health issues but swears she’s fine.. (let me just stop everyone really quick and say.. my grandmother is my everything! She raised me; she is more of a mother than I’ve ever had. Her health is my no.1 priority, and if she ever said she couldn’t or just didn’t want to keep my kids, then I’d find another option. We also pay her and make sure she is well taken care of. So no judging) Back to this… my grandmother IS getting older (69) her health isn’t where it was 10yrs ago. She has a bit of trouble hearing (getting her hearing aids), and she’s on the heavier side. She wants to keep our new bundle of joy when I go back to work. My, I’m a nervous wreck!!!!! I’m scared she won’t hear her if she chokes or can’t breathe or something.. …

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How much should I pay my friend to babysit?

I will be starting a job here soon and a friend of mine will watch my 9-month-old daughter now my question is how much should I give her as payment from Monday – Thursday 6:30 to 4:30 and Fridays 7:30 to 2:30 I don’t want to under or overpay her she said whatever I can give, but I don’t want to rip her off either I will be providing diaper food formula clothes and literally everything she needs Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Should I ask my ex to help with daycare?

I’ve recently put my 2 children in daycare. My kids dad has them every other Thursday and Friday and he will be sending them to daycare as well while he’s at work. My question is should he pay for those 2 days, or is it not even worth fighting over? He hasn’t offered to pay and it won’t be a lot of help but it would be some help. I just didn’t know if it would be worth fighting over. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Single moms, how do you manage your work life and being a mom?

How do you single moms work and afford to pay for everything plus daycare? I’ve been living on government assistance and child support since becoming a single mother, and I’m so ready to start working again. I’ve been offered a decent job but not sure how I’m going to afford childcare. I’ve applied for child care assistance but not sure how much that actually helps out. I’m feeling defeated and like working wouldn’t even be worth it. Also, please add that I’m afraid of losing my Medicaid for my kids, so then insurance would be another added expense. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.