I have two boys of my own, ages 4 and 18 months. I also watch a 4 year old boy full-time Monday through Friday. A friend of mine has also asked me to be a back up sitter for her 2 year old daughter on Tuesdays and Thursdays (so the times I'd have her would never be consistent).
I am working on my certification to become a Labor Doula and have begun searching for clients. I am worried about what to do with the children once I get my business going.
My husband leaves for work around 6:30am, and is home around 6:30pm, so I don't have to worry about back up care outside of those hours if I got called out to a birth.
But during those 12 hours, I am not sure what to do....
Would it be appropriate to have a backup provider come into my home to care for my two boys and the other 2 kids as long as the parents are okay with it? I would then have to worry about transportation for the the 4 year olds come September (for preschool).
I make good money watching these other kids, and probably wouldn't make as much with just being a doula. This is why I am trying to make it work with keeping these other two kids. Otherwise, I would need to just let them go and just worry about hiring a nanny to watch my own two kids when I had to leave for a birth. I don't need the money from watching the kids, and I don't need it from being doula, I am doing them both because I enjoy it.
So if you were in my shoes, how would you handle this?
Answer by Renee3K at 10:59 AM on Apr. 19, 2011
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