Originally Posted by bellini'smama
I have been loving reading this tribe.
Right now I work at a preschool, we are open mornings, 4 days a week, school year schedule, but I average 32 hours a week. (Though it is nice to have summers off.) I have worked there for 9 years taking a year off when I had my dd. She is now 2.5. I am pregnant again, due in August and this time I do not plan on returning to the school, but instead will take care of a few children in my house. I would love to only do it part time, maybe 20 hours a week at most.
My biggest question is how do you balance attachment parenting a baby and a 2.5 year old and take care of other children on a regular basis. With my dd, she was in arms all the time and breastfed on demand. I would love to know how to do this, I know I am going to already have to balance the needs of my own two kids, just curious how others do it.
When I started to taking care of the little man, Grace was about 14 mos old, and breastfed on demand. I was straight forward with the parents I interviewed about the breastfeeding, I did not want them to be suprised by it later, in a manner that let them know that it will not stop because their child is at my home.
Your new baby may not be the type to want to be up in arms all the time, and I found that being home I was easily able to continue parenting Grace the way I was while caring for another child. I also made sure to treat the little man similarly (not bfin though,
) so that he has the benefit of the nuturing that Grace as getting as well.
If you new baby is a child who wants to be up, I'd invest in a sling and/or mei tai (if you don't already) and that way you can have new baby close while also having your hands free. I am not sure what your financial situation is, but if possible I'd try to wait until new baby is a bit older before taking in oither children. Not sure where you are either, but since I'm in Canada I was able to take advantage of a full year's maternity leave before I had to worry about income.
Another thing I would probably do is make sure you take your kiddies to a playgroup so new baby gets used to having other kids around you.
I hope these suggestions help.
BTW, how far along are you? I am 24 weeks with my second baby....and I am exhausted from chasing my toddler, the little man and my 7 year old dss!