[Parentsgroup-list] childcare exchange proposal

Christine Dianne Wenc wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Jun 30 18:29:35 EDT 2006

Hi Ben,

Craigslist can be a good place to look for alternate child care
arrangements--I found a nanny share there
once that worked out well.  You may have to explain the concept of the
babysitting trade if you place an ad, though, since it seems that many
people just haven't thought of it and assume 'child care' means paid
child care.  (I did a trade all last year and it
was *great*, and have promoted them on this list many times :)  You might
also see if there's a Yahoo parent group for your town--I found my trade
through the JP (Jamaica Plain) coop list.


On Fri, 30 Jun 2006, Benjamin Cooper Waterhouse wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm brand new to this list, so I don't know if questions like mine have
> been posted, but I'm hoping someone on the list can help me.
> I have a 5 month old son, and my wife has recently gone back to work, so
> we're trying to figure out childcare. Since she is in retail and I am in
> graduate school, we have very flexible schedules and do not need (and
> could not afford) regular or even part time day-care. In fact, what we're
> looking for is a safe place for Gabriel for only one or two days a week.
> It occurs to me that the simplest, safest, and most cost-effective thing
> to do would be to find a family in a similar situation who might want to
> do an organized, regular kid-swap. That is, on day one, I or my wife watch
> your kid; on day two, you watch ours. I know I'd have an easier time
> trusting another parent than a babysitter, though if this doesn't work
> out, I would welcome suggestions for one-or-two-day-a-week nannies.
> If anyone on this list might be interested in pursuing this idea--or knows
> someone who might (doesn't have to be a grad student!)--please be in touch
> with me.
> Thanks very much.
> Ben Waterhouse
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