Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Tied down in MD, feeling restrained
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I'm a licensed provider. A few of things I do which help:
I care for only one infant (under 1) at a time. Legally I can have two.
Have a substitue/assistant come in a few days a week for an extra hand. In my state they need to get the background check, but don't need any of the classes that I have to take. This saves me if I have an infant and young toddler at the same time, or I need to grocery shop
Occasionally hire a cleaning woman to come and and deep clean (as a licensed provider this is a tax deductable expense!). My state has specific regulations against house cleaning during care hours, and morally, I don't feel right about it (I'm talking about deep cleaning, not the picking up that has to be done so we can function in the home) Also, from the beginning, I have made it clear that I am working, and REFUSE to do all the house work. So DH comes home from work and has to clean a bathroom or two and run some laundry. My hours are much longer than his.
All children help with clean up. No excuses. I won't let them take out more things if they are not cleaning up after themselves. They also clear their own plates/cups from the table.
DH and I meal plan and the crock pot is my friend (you can find healthy crockpot recipes). Or I'll triple batch my recipes on the weekends (not that much more work since I'm already cooking) and freeze.
I had to realize that I am working, and not *just* home, and make this clear to others. Good Luck!