Tips for Building a Strong Support Network
Parenting is Long Term -- MomsBloom is Temporary
Find a Mother’s Helper.
Since a mother’s helper comes to visit while you are still at home, you can often get the rest and renewal you need without the full expense of babysitting fees. Responsible teens are looking for opportunities for positive work experience and good recommendations to place on their college resumes. Offering modest hourly pay is one way to attract interested teens.
Ways to find a Mother’s HelpeR:
- Post on Facebook. Ask your friends to recommend a responsible middle or high school student they know who has experience with young kids or babies.
- Post an ad at your local library bulletin board or church. Teens who volunteer to work in the church nursery are typically skilled and motivated. Ask church leaders who they can recommend.
- Call the nearest high school and ask for a recommendation. Some students may be seeking service hours in order to fulfill requirements for their honor society or community organization.
- Contact your local Y. Many of them offer babysitter training classes which produce well trained teens who are seeking opportunities like yours.
- Post to an online college posting board. You may have to pay a higher rate for a college student, but each of our local colleges have online postings of individuals seeking child care opportunities. (See Calvin, Cornerstone, Aquinas, GRCC, GVSU…)
An example posting for a Mother’s Helper might look like this: Local mom seeks a responsible teen to come to our house 3 hours a week to play with a toddler and assist with light household tasks so that mom can rest. Compensation based on experience. We live in the NE part of town and candidate must provide their own transportation. Candidate must be a non-smoker and provide 2 personal references. If interested, please call…
Start a Babysitting Trade with a friend.
Find a friend who has small children and ask if she is interested in doing a weekly sitter trade. One day she watches your children and another day you watch her children so that each of you has a cost-free time to rest. This option can be a win-win for all because even on the days in which you have extra children to watch, your kids are building friendships and socializing in positive ways that then strengthen your net of support.
Is there someone in your life who could organize a few weeks of meal help? Check out takethemameal.com.
Support Group or Play Group Friends
Are you attending a La Leche League weekly meeting, a Postpartum Support Group or a playgroup in town? Ask these women if they know of someone who might be available to offer a couple hours of assistance a week for a modest fee.