Friends that abuse the fact that you are a stay at home mom
I recently became fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom to my 2 kids. My husband is on the road 5-6 days a week. I left a good paying job so my children did not have to go to 3 or 4 sitters a day. (I had family that would "transfer" them due to their own work schedule). To make a long story short, I have 2 friends that think that since I'm not working I can be there for whatever they need. One always calls me to watch their kid, and the other thinks that I can do running around for her (shes getting married). The problem is....its to the point of taking advantage of me. I finally put my foot down with the one getting married bc she cost me alot of time and money with no reservation. The other one thinks that I am a free daycare. I dont mind helping out but Im on a income now that is not so forgiving. Its not that I want paid to watch her kid, but the few times I have asked her to help me out, she will only agree if I help her out with a day of babysitting. I just need some advice on handling this. I dont want to be ignorant but I think I might have to so I'm not taken advantage of. She recently called me to watch her kid for 4 days and I told her I couldnt. How can I take care of this so they both get it-any suggestions?