Originally Posted by mommyofshmoo
I wish I had the guts to do this.
On the other hand, this summer when we still had this set up, dd always wanted me to make playdates for her. Now that her few friends who used to have free time are in school, it would be hard to get her as much social time as she might like.
Why not get to know some homeschooling moms in your community -- and see if you can make babysitting arrangements with moms who have children close in age to your dd?
I used to think I'd NEVER want to commit to regular babysitting -- but now that my 7yo has such a strong need for frequent playdates with other children, I find a couple of days a week (babysitting for other homeschoolers close to dd's age) works great.
I still wouldn't want it to be an everyday thing: that's why I recommend hooking up with more than 1 mom -- unless you happen to find a mom who wants to do it everyday.
I think you'll find your dd's able to meet her social needs way more effectively this way -- especially when you consider how little actual playtime most children get in school (well, maybe she gets a lot now, but after kindergarten it gets so structured).
Another cool thing about homeschooling is you can be a lot more flexible and have overnights any night of the week that works for both families. My dd has one girlfriend who's been coming every 1 to 2 weeks for a 24-hour period. I sure never got that much socializing when I was in school -- at least not during the school year!
To top it all off, if dd hasn't had a playdate and wants to connect with some of her neighborhood friends, I remind her when it's about 4:00 because that's when a lot of the kids come home from school. Sometimes some are able to play -- but, sadly, even some this young are already bogged down by homework.