Babysitting is so darn expensive. Kenna getta AMEN!! We were budgeting for it when we didn’t have a mortgage at the old place, but now that we’re back to square one on that front, we’ve tightened the ol’ purse strings.
So if one of our big values is our marriage (can’t have a well-functioning family without a healthy marriage), then why haven’t we had any regular time together since moving into this place? (That’s why our California trip was SOOOO nice!)
Well, thankfully, we’ve hit on something VERY good! My sister-in-law and brother-in-law have two little ones, so we’ve decided to trade babysitting weekly. On top of that, my other sister-in-law and brother-in-law have older girls that we love having over, so we trade on an informal basis with them.
This is such a win-win! There’s the obvious benefit of getting to have a regular date night, but the family benefits are awesome! We get to know our nieces and nephew better and have closer relationships with them, and my boys get to grow up with their cousins. That is SOOOO awesome! I just love it!
I always had amazing aunts growing up on both sides of the family, so it makes me so happy to get my turn at being the aunt. I had some pretty good examples to try to follow. (Having a larger house with a pool has definitely helped with that, but it’s definitely not a requirement.)
All that to say, I highly recommend doing this if you can. Trading with friends is also a great option. You can even barter babysitting. There’s gotta be something you have that is valuable to one of your family members or trusted friends (or their teenage kids). Where there’s a will there’s a way!!!!