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#1 barefut


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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:53 PM

I thought all was going so well but mom left today and isn't coming back for the rest of the summer. She's not one to share her true feelings so I don't know what is up. I was blindsided.

What do I do for childcare now? Last day of school was Friday. I have a week of vacation then the boys go to YMCA day camp for 4 weeks. I was lucky to get them in but that ends at 4pm and I need someone to pick them up and take care of them until I get home. Then I need someone from July 18th until school starts.

I wish I could have seen this coming. It's a little late now to find space in day camps - or day camps period let alone reliable, safe childcare.

I am stressed. :unsure:

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:59 PM

Oh Barefut, I am so sorry..... wonder what is up with your mom?? Can you come out and ask her?

I know your sister has helped in the past, is that an option - Although I think she works, sorry I can't remember. Do you have any friends that can pitch in?

I am so sorry - I know only too well how stressful this is. My daughter who lives 4 hours from me has this problem constantly. I'm heading over next week to watch the kids since she has no childcare for that time.

I hope something comes to the rescue!!
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:10 PM


Does the camp have extended hours for additional pay? I know some do till 6 PM. What about a high school student to babysit? You can contact the counselor's office at the school to see if someone may be available. In a pinch, I used to forgo my lunch hour to get out early to get the boys; is your workplace or boss somewhat lenient?

It is what it is...........

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 06:44 AM

That's a great idea Tru! Is there a way that at your place of work that you can adjust your hours to accommodate your summer schedule. I know alot of employers are usually pretty good about adjusting the hours during the summer time for the same exact reason you have. Maybe you could work a shorter day or like Tru said take a shorter lunch hour so you can leave earlier.

I haven't had this problem for quite a few years but I remember what a hassle and worry it always was. I usually hired a school girl for the summer months that came to my home and then she would take the kids to summer rec activities. It made it a lot easier that way. Is their a high school or junior high age girl that maybe would be interested in making some summer money?

I hope you are able to figure this out and I'm sorry you have the added stress.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:21 AM


I'm sure you are stressed.

I've been caring for my 4 mo-old grandson...for 2 mos now. His sitter did the same thing... no heads up whatsoever for the kids to get another sitter lined up. When that happened, we were in San Francisco, so my son took off that Thursday and the mama took off that Friday. I don't recall what they did the following Monday and Tuesday, but I've had him weekdays since.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the new sitter has him...Thursday and Friday, hubby and I have him.
Beginning Monday of next week, I'll have him & his older brother on Mondays, until school starts up again...unless they need me more.

I'm sure things will work out, but the ladies here offered up some good ideas!
It's good you were able to get them into the YMCA Daycamps...maybe the Y has some ideas for you?

Let us know how this works out?
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:01 AM

Susie just made me think - perhaps you can get in touch with some of the other mothers in the Y Camp. You might be able to arrange to have your boys join in with another child's carer.
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