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#1 of 6 Old 10-04-2005, 06:58 PM - Thread Starter
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I love my babysitting co-op! It's such a lifesaver. We have a weekly playgroup where the kids play and snack and we talk and snack. If we need a sit, we drop our kid(s) off at a member's house and they play together without even knowing it's a "sit." They think it's just a playdate and don't care about what mom and dad are doing at that point because they are with kids and moms they know well.

I started our group nearly 3 years ago. I used the Smart Mom's Baby-Sitting Co-Op Handbook: How We Solved the Baby-Sitter Puzzle by Gary Meyers as a guide. Right now one of the co-op kids is here playing with my daughter for 3 hours while I clean, do laundry, play on the computer. PHew! It gives me a break to do a sit for another 4 year old. Not only that, but my Dh and I have a date set for this weekend and our daughter will be at a playdate while we do it.

I feel like this could help other SAHMs, but no one ever seems interested.
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we have this in our moms for moms group at a church. I haven't taken advantage of the coop yet, i am torn between my moms 4 moms group (that tends to be very "mainstreamish" ) and my LLL meeting (that I adore going to) they both meet once a month and the same morning time... I really with i had thoes coop #'s now when i'm so despretly looking for a sitter from abby and allie for thursday morning for a policy council meeting for dd's school... oh my must i break down and call my SIL.... oh prolly!
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I think that sounds like a great idea. I don't realy have anyone to do it with though b/c I only and hang out with one other mom. She has watched DD for me for a Dr. visit and I have watched her's too but it was just like a little favo thing not so much a co op.

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I found the first 2 members (besides myself) at LLL. One of them knew a woman from a baby class she took, so that made 4 of us. Right away I met someone from my daughter's toddler class (these classes are parent/child classes taught through the community college. We've always functioned well with 5, but I know larger and smaller co-ops that do well, too.
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Starting one has been on my to-do list for a year. Does anyone know of a free online help guide on the subject?
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I was never interested before because I always had family around who could babysit my kids. Now I really need someone to watch my 10 month old while I work in ds's K class once a week or so and I don't have anyone. I have been talking to some other moms at his school though, who also have little ones who need sitters while they work at the school too. So we might get some sort of an exchange going.
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