This is something I wish I would have known about before now! A good friend of mine invited me to join her babysitting co-op which is made up of about 25 moms – all living in our area. I’ve been a member for just a few months and I love it! Basically, a babysitting co-op is a group of friends who trade sits in exchange for coupons or points. It’s a fabulous alternative to relying on a young sitter, and availability is not a concern with stay-at-home and homeschooling moms. The coupon exchange is nice too – a normal date night would cost us about $40 for the sitter – add dinner and a movie and it gets expensive. Now I can let my kids play with friends during the day and receive coupons in exchange – it’s great!
Learn more about babysitting co-ops on iVillage.com and babycenter.com or check out the templates and information at www.babysittingcoop.com. I think moms need all the support they can get and this is a fabulous way to create a quick network. Make sure that members invite only the friends they trust and know well so that you can rest assured that your kids are in good hands.