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Co-op Childcare

Do You Co-Op?

Theaters pulled their curtains, restaurants closed their doors, and cabins at camp went empty — all a sign of the times. While the economy may be causing families to tighten their purse strings, there are still ways couples can make date nights possible. Instead of hiring a babysitter or abandoning solo time, many families are forming co-ops.

A co-op is when families form a group and agree to watch each other's children, which in turn frees up one set of parents. Each couple takes turns making the concept a practical and cash saving option. And, the wee ones benefit as it mean playdates with established family friends.

Do you co-op?

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Akpril Akpril 8 years
I would love to do this, too! All my friends have 2-5 kids and babysitting all of them while they just watch my easy baby seems like I would be getting the raw end of the deal.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I would love to do this, but we moved away just before i had my daughter so i dont have any local friends, really.
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 8 years
I wouldn't say my friends and I have formed a group or anything, but we are all on very tight budgets and it has just been very natural for us to watch each other's children. We do it for a date night with our husbands, or even if we have to run a few errands. I think one reason other than saving money is that our kids get along and we all love all of the kids. We feel safe with leaving our children with our friends rather than someone we may not know as well. It's worked out wonderfully!
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