You may have heard about babysitting co-ops, like the North Side Babysitting Co-op in Chicago or the Garden Hills Babysitting Co-op in Atlanta, but you're not sure if a babysitting co-op is right for you. It's true that babysitting co-ops require a certain amount of commitment, but the benefits are tangible and often much greater than what you put into it.
See if you have any of these characteristics of a co-op parent:
- Has young children who aren’t enrolled in school
- Operates a home-based business
- Works part-time hours outside of the home
- Lives away from relatives who could assist with childcare
- Needs additional support as a single parent
- Attends school on a part time basis
- Volunteers in schools, church organizations, community events, etc.
- Home schools children
- Assists in medical care for aging parents or other relatives
- Pursues individual interests and hobbies regularly
- Likes to save money
- Seeks socializing opportunities for children
- Has an only child who needs greater interaction with other children
- Supervises children’s associations
- Desires safe, competent, reliable care in a known and trusted environment
As you can see, babysitting co-ops can meet a wide variety of needs and help in a variety of situations. If you don't have a local babysitting co-op to join, consider starting your own. We're here to help. Feel free to contact us with questions as you organize your own local co-op.