When it comes to babysitting your child, who gets your trust on this? Many of us parents put our children to daycare. This applies most of the time to those who are working. But to moms like me who are stay at home and working only part time, we hire a babysitter.
Babysitting is not an easy job. And leaving our child with a babysitter is not easy either. Babysitters have to be well-trained, reliable, trustworthy, and affectionate. Certified babysitters posses proper documents to prove that they are capable to take care of our beloved kids. We all know that daycare and babysitting service is not cheap. So for parents like me who do not have that much money to hire one find someone who can help me with babysitting.
On special occasion like a Holiday party, my dear husband and I ask a close friend or a family to watch or babysit our daughter for a few hours then we picked her up after the party. When we went to my husband’s company Holiday party last year, DD’s godmother babysit her because their house is closer to the party venue. This year’s company Holiday party venue was held closer to our area so my cousin watched over DD.
We feel very comfortable when we leave our kids to the people who we trust the most. We know that they will be well-taken care of while we are away for a few hours. But of course, it is also are responsibility to call and check on them once in a while to see if everything is okay. This way, we can figure out solution if just in case a problem arises.
I accepted a part-time job as a babysitter. Actually it’s an after-school babysitting because I will watch over the kids, two kids, as soon as they get home from school. Their parents are both working. The daddy works as an engineer and the mommy is a flight attendant. The mom and I talked about the work schedule and the pay. My work schedule is four days a week and they will pay gas in addition to the weekly compensation. I thought I’d give it a try since I am not that very busy. I can take my darling daughter to work then she and the two kids (both girls) can play while I prepare their dinner before their parents get home from work. When it comes to the kids’ homework, the parents will take care of it. That’s good.
I started this Monday. Mrs. J., the mom, let me go with her to the school when it was time to pick up her kids. That is to get me familiar where the school is and the process of picking up the students. I have to do carpool. DD and I got to know the girls this week. I think they will get along well as time goes by.
The grandparents came over Friday night to babysit the little one on Saturday. My husband and I went to Oklahoma for a weekend getaway as a post celebration for our 5th Wedding Anniversary. Darling daughter was very happy to see her Na-na and Paw-paw. The night the folks arrived, she did not want them to go to bed. 🙂
I was feeling a bit hesitant to go to Oklahoma without our little girl with us. That was the very first time my husband and I went on a trip without our little princess. But I guess it is also a preparation for me being away from my child for a short period of time because, before we know it, she will be in school in a year or two. Surely I am not ready of it. She’s in a preschool age where she needs to learn being independent sometimes. I am very thankful and lucky to have such a loving and caring in-laws. They love the little one so much. Even though she makes them exhausted from playing and activities, they adore her very much.
And that weekend was also the very first time I prepared things for the grandparents’ babysitting. I was confused where to start. My husband helped me with buying snacks and dinner for the folks. There’s food for the little one ready in the fridge so I just had to put them in food containers and told my mother-in-law what’s for lunch. Then I made the drinks ready for Saturday.
The only concern why they called Saturday afternoon was that, my darling daughter was coughing and there’s no cough medicine. I told my mother-in-law that I give the little one honey. Sure that helped.
I was missing my daughter so much. I couldn’t wait to go home. We got home before her bedtime and we gave her big hugs and kisses…she’s so happy to see us. The grandparents had a great time babysitting, too.
I mentioned earlier that the second sponsored child is located in Albay, Philippines. Albay is the province where the famous majestic Mayon Volcano lies. It was a first-time visit to the Bicol region for all of us.
The flight we took to Albay was early in the morning because the visit was only for a day. The organization’s employee picked us up at the Legaspi Airport then took us to their office. There we saw and met the sponsored child and her mother, and the employees. Although my daughter was feeling very sleepy that morning, she was very friendly. After few minutes of talks and picture taking, we went ahead to the nearest mall for lunch. He said the weather has been unpleasant for days. So rain showers were expected during the visit. The child was accompanied by two social workers and her parent/guardian. The highlight of the itinerary for the visit include:
Lunch at the sponsored child’s favorite restaurant. Colonial Grill.
Recreation. Sightseeing. Cagsawa Church ruins. Souvenir shops.
Shopping for clothing and personal needs.
During shopping, we asked the employees if it’s alright to take our daughter and my sister to the hotel because the little one’s really tired and it’s nap time for her too. So when the two were at the hotel, we let the sponsored child finish her shopping. After the almost four hours, it was time to part. The girl still couldn’t believe that my husband and family came to visit her from thousands of miles away. My husband told her that she is very important. That is why he came to see hear too.
The sponsorship for the girls will end soon because they’re turning 18. But they will have a special place in our hearts. The memories of these visits will always be treasured.