As a Mom/Blogger/Crafter who also has a full-time job (not including the one called “Mom”), I am lucky that our company provides back-up care from Bright Horizons. But it’s not just something a company has to take care of, you can take a look into back-up care options as well. From places like Bright Horizons who specialize in regular day care as well as fabulous back-up care options, to online sites such as sittercity.com who have a whole host of babysitters, nannies & more who are ready and willing to work for you AND have often already had background checks run. We found a wonderful, caring and responsible babysitter on sittercity.com and absolutely love this service! We’ve actually found two and while they’re both great, one is more often available than the other. I’ve known friends who have found up to 5 babysitters that they love from sittercity which really gives them peace of mind when they are in need of last minute back-up care for their children.
Being a working parent or having an adult/elderly relative relying on you for care can be stressful. It’s important to take time out for yourself now and then to help you reduce that stress and re-energize.
One thing you don’t need is the added burden of dependent care emergencies. As every parent and caregiver knows, finding care in a pinch can be stressful. When your normal plans fall through, you can end up scrambling. Back-up care has you covered during those stress-inducing last-minute plan changes.
Examples of situations where back-up care comes to the rescue include when:
- School is out for spring or summer break
- Your nanny or regular caregiver is ill or on vacation
- Your child has a mild fever and cannot attend school or their regular child care
- A spouse or adult/elderly family member is recovering from an illness, has surgery or needs assistance
- You need to work additional hours or your work schedule has unexpectedly changed and your regular care is not available.
Having a back-up care plan in place takes the weight off your shoulders of finding quality care for your loved ones. Reduce your stress. Get your safety net in place today!