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Wait...Who's Watching the Kids?

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

We recently relocated from Brooklyn to DC. Moving near family means free babysitting from Joe's parents.

Life. Changing. I'm writing this in peace while savoring a cup of coffee on a morning after a sleepover. My biggest tip for simplifying childcare: move close to family.

But, I get it; that's not possible for most. So, here are some tips for reducing the stress around finding one-off childcare: 

  • Find a sitter that has kids herself. They are usually always available since they need to watch their own kids.

  • Have a standing sitter one night a week and try to schedule all your work dinners or late meetings that night. 

  • Befriend a mom in your neighborhood that you can trade off with for last-minute pinches. 

  • Use a service like Hello Chime (the Uber of sitters). Instead of texting with multiple sitters, see who is available and book on demand. Once you've done it a couple of times, you'll see sitters you already know. 

What are your best tips? Please share! 

Hello Chimes makes it easier for working moms to get extra pair of hands to help with child care.

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