I haven't posted here before but need some advice with regards to my 16 mo and 3.5 yo DD's. I work 12 hrs/wk and my kids have always been watched by their grandma's and enjoy it. We've recently had some issues come up with various social functions that we need to attend on the weekends/evenings without the kids and I feel really bad asking the grandma's to help since they help out during the week.
There's also some issues that we have several times a year with one of the grandma's and traveling-she'll be away 2 weeks at a time and it leaves us in a bind.
Anyway, I've been thinking about looking for something else to supplement them as the only babysitters-either somewhere for the kids to go while I work or a sitter to help with the various social functions.
2 spots just became open at an in-home center 5 min. away from home that comes highly recommended. The lady's been doing this 35 years and becomes like a grandma to the kids. It would work out perfectly except I'm really worried about the transition for my girls.
The oldest is very shy and just starting pre-school 2 days a week that is going kinda rough for her and my 16 mo. old is very attached to me and has only been away at the gym daycare twice, where she screamed the whole time.
I know the transition would be hard for the baby and I'm wondering if it's too much for the 3.5 yo with pre-school also starting now.
I feel like once the initial adjustment is over it could be a great situation and allow the grandma's to be "grandma's" and not feel obligated as baby-sitters, and I will have a reliable place for them.
So, I guess what I'm asking, is do I change things up for them when I know it will be hard, or just keep it the same but deal with the frustrations of our current situation???
Any advice is so greatly appreciated!!!
Sorry this got so long!