Child Care: When Parents Need a Break From Parenting
Every parent needs a little bit of time away from their children. This is a healthy need and when one decides to take a time out from their children, they have to find a good baby sitter or place to drop off their children. There are lots of child care workers in the United States. It can be overwhelming when a parent wants a break and has to look over many names and does not know much about each name.
As a parent it may be necessary to have a background check of the baby sitter. If you will not need a baby sitter for awhile you may want to meet with several baby sitters. One may want to interview the potential baby sitters. One can also have the potential baby sitters bring references that can tell how the person is with children. If the results are unfavorable one may want to move on to the next candidate to get the best baby sitter for your children. If you do not have time to background check baby sitters you might want to use a babysitting agency that background checks their employees before they come to your house.
The United States Government offers links to childcare services in the area where you live. One link is http://www.childcareaware.org/ which shows listings of childcare workers in the area. This site is easy to use and allows for navigation whenever you need a childcare worker.
Other options besides babysitters include day care centers. The site listed above would also show places that offer child care services. Daycare centers have other children for your child to socialize with. One pointer to keep in mind is how many children are in the daycare center and how many staff are there to supervise the youth. If the ratio is too high you might want to look into another daycare agency that has appropriate staff to child ratios.
If the children are school age they may be able to participate in an afterschool program. Some programs are daily and some are less often. Latchkey is a common program that allows for parents to pick up their children a few hours after school is over. There are other activities like skating clubs, sports, or activities that may be of interest to your child (like an art club). These clubs offer supervision and the opportunity to pick up the child at a later time. A lot of times these clubs run to a certain time so it is not acceptable for a parent to be late beyond the end time of the activity.
One thing about parents is that they know other parents who have used childcare services. You may want to discuss childcare options with these parents. They may know of a great babysitter or daycare center which has been beneficial to their children. Keep in mind how much you want to spend on childcare services and try to find a babysitter or daycare center that is within your budget. Remember to have fun when you spend time away.