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I have a lucrative home business (I'm a public relations consultant for nonprofits and other cause organizations) that I typically devote 10 - 15 hours a week to. Doesn't seem like much, but because of the nature of my work (lots of phone time, serious atmosphere, writing about complex topics) I need to have childcare so that I can focus on work. I've opted for an in-home nanny thus far, but nothing seems to be working out! The nannies are typically irresponsible (one left my infant at home alone while I was at an off-site meeting), dull (the one we have now does <i>nothing</i> to keep the kids entertained), or unreliable (calling in sick all the time, or not showing up at all). I hate it and the kids seem to hate it. I really want to be able to do this without childcare, but it seems like a pipe-dream (hubby works full-time and doesn't have even a remotely flexible schedule). Does anyone out there have examples of creative solutions that we might be able to borrow or steal? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Sorry, you get what you pay for when it comes to daycare. If you have nanny come to your house, this has a lot of advantages. Look for a mature person whose kids are older, if you can. Some people choose to use undocumented workers as they will usually work for a lot less, but I recommend that you don't. Have you tried going through an agency? I had very good luck finding a wonderfull nanny that stayed with us for three years, until our dd was old enough to go to Montessori preschool for 1/2 days. It took a couple of tries until we found her and she did charge about 25% more than most of the nannies we interviewed, but for the peace of mind, it was well worth it. You know you have a great nanny when your child cries, when the nanny leaves. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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left your infant at home alone??!! WTH was she thinking? I'm amazed. I would try an agency perhaps, as they will have been screened. Also, try to work at home with them in the home for the first week or so before leaving for an off-site meeting, so you can kind of observe their style and make sure they're doing a good job. But if you go through an agency and the person doesn't work out, I believe the agency will be obligated to find another person, as part of their fee. Good luck! I think doing it without childcare is just super hard. I'm in that spot myself. DD (3.5 years) goes to preschool most of the day, but I have a 4-month-old son and no regular care for him and I'm 1. frustrated and exhausted all the time trying to care for him and work and devoting not enough focused attention to either task and 2. scrambling for a sitter every time a necessary meeting comes up. Unfortunately, my biz is not yet lucrative, so hiring a nanny would require borrowing some money (which I'm actually seriously considering because otherwise, I am afraid this biz will die and I really need it to become my income-generating job or else be forced to get a more traditional WOHM job).
 
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