! Isn't it great when things work out like that? Vanessa
- how did the interview go?
Things are going great with the little girl I'm watching now. I'm really enjoying being an in-home childcare provider.
: It's awesome to be able to stay home with my daughter, but also bring in some cash, and help another family in the process. Plus, my daughter has a built-in playmate.
I had another interview with a mom a couple of days ago, and that seemed to go pretty well, although the mom was concerned about her son hurting himself on my hardwood flooring in the living room - he will be 12 months old when/if he starts daycare. I did tell her I plan on purchasing an area rug to give more soft play space for the kids.
Wednesday I have an interview with a mom of an 8-week-old boy. The awesome thing is she mentioned that she is AP & into babywearing!
That's the first person around here I've heard of who even knows what AP is.
She said she wants someone who will rock her son to sleep and not let him CIO, which of course I agreed to because I NEVER let my daughter CIO either. Anyway, she & her son sound like a great match for us, but we'll see how it goes.
Thursday I've got an interview with another mom of an 8-week-old boy, and when she responded to my Craigslist ad, I was pleasantly surprised to find that she is someone I already know (but haven't seen in years)! She was one of my sorority sisters! How funny is that? So I think she is stoked to find that someone she knows may be able to watch her son.
I'm just finding that I'm getting TONS of inquiries. However, a lot of people have rather unreasonable expectations of how much they should have to pay for quality child care, though, and I find that frustrating. I have set my rates to what is about average (or perhaps even at the low end) of what I've seen around here for at-home care.
As it is, with watching two babies (other than my own baby) I will be barely scraping by on paying my bills, and barely have enough to get food and gas for myself. If I charged slightly more I might not have had anyone to watch, though.
I could possibly take another child as well (legally, anyway), but I don't know how much individual attention I would be able to give that many of them, and I don't want my daughter to suffer being that the main reason I'm doing this is so that I can be home with her.
I guess I just feel slightly offended when people try to see how low I'll go. If they are looking for someone to only make sure their kids are still breathing (rather than actually interacting with them), then I guess they can find someone super dirt cheap, but you get what you pay for, right?
Now that I'm realizing how many people actually want/need care around here, I wish I had made my rates slightly
higher so that I could live a little more comfortably. As it is, by quitting my previous job (pre-baby), I am making only about 35% of what I was before, which is really rough.