A babysitting co-op is a great tool parents can use to enjoy an adult social life. Quite simply, babysitting co-ops are groups set up by families that designate one family per Saturday/Sunday/etc. to be the babysitter. Each family gets a chance to baby-sit and a chance to go out and have fun without the kids. Babysitting co-ops are a great way to get your social life back into place after children arrive. However, Babysitting isn’t the only option to explore with a ready-made baby-sitting co-op. If you already have the group of parents you enjoy and trust, why not use your group for other cooperatives. There are several other ways in which you can take advantage of your baby-sitting co-op group.
Book exchanges are wonderful. You can pool your books with your babysitting co-op and rotate homes each week. This way the children in the group will have a wide variety of books that change from week to week. You won’t get bored and your child won’t get bored of the same tired old stories. Of course there will be some books you decide to keep for yourself and not rotate through the babysitting co-op, but for the other books, an exchange is a great idea.
Have you ever noticed that your child plays vigorously with a toy right away and then loses interest as time goes by? Then when you go to another family’s house, your child plays uninterrupted for hours with someone else’s toys. This is because children grow bored of the same old toys day after day. Babysitting co-ops can be used in toy exchanges as well as babysitting needs. Once a month is frequent enough for a toy exchange. Give the children time to sufficiently play with the toys before they switch homes. This way the children will appreciate the new toys even more as they make their way through your babysitting co-op.
Families have become busier and busier over the years. Many families have two working parents and children seem to be in more activities than ever before. Sometimes just putting supper on the table is a challenge. One way to ease your load is to use your babysitting co-op for a meal cooperative as well. Each family has one day of the week in which they are responsible for fixing supper for the rest of the families.
Not only do meal cooperatives save time, but they also save money. The more people you cook for, the more food you buy in bulk. In general, bulk foods are cheaper than standard sizes.
Your babysitting co-op doesn’t just have to be for babysitting. There are many ways in which your group of friends can make the lives of each member easier. Book exchanges, toy exchanges, and meal cooperatives are just a few examples of other options for your babysitting co-op.