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Stress Buster #8: Exchange Babysitting Services

If the reason you say you never get out is due to the cost of a babysitter, the rest of this post will help you avoid using this excuse any longer!

There are bound to be other mothers you trust that could use a mommy break but want to avoid the expense of a babysitter. So join forces and exchange babysitting services so everyone wins.

If you’re still feeling reluctant to try this method, take a moment and think about the things you can accomplish with this “free time”:

  • Date Night.  Go on a date with your spouse or significant other. You need time together without the kids because it’s your relationship that holds the family together. If you happen to be single, maybe it’s time to meet someone new and enjoy some time out.
  • Meet with a friend. Go for coffee or bring homemade appetizers and wine to share at her house. Just make sure to get a safe ride home.
  • Extra Personal Time. Use the time to get errands done all by yourself. Now, I think it’s better if you spend your alone time having fun, but I completely understand the excitement of getting groceries without someone begging to buy everything that catches their eye. Or maybe it’s the opportunity to try on some new clothes for yourself, without fear that your little one will escape under the change room door and run for her life. Either way, use this extra personal time for refreshment.

Exchanging babysitting services is a win-win situation for all. You get mommy time and your family or friend gets their own mommy time. What’s not to love about that?

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