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Does anyone watch children for extra income?

I'm thinking of posting on my neighborhoods Facebook page that I'm available now and over the summer to watch one or two children.  In a way I think it might be good. It might force me out of my frequent ruts and get my house and life in order. It could force me to be a better mom because then I would have to do activities with DD and the children I was watching. Am I nuts? I can't work outside the home because DH has a crazy schedule and works 12 hours. I also have no one who could babysit.I figured this would be a great way to bring in extra for savings or whatever. WDYT? I also don't have a fence so I was worried about how the summer would be. I also have two boys who are about to turn one and DD is 3. I was thinking it might take away from them but the truth is take away from what? I'm in a funky mood this week.
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    I'm not sure i would with 3 those ages. But if you think you can handle it, then go for it.

    I watch a 6 week old, 3-4 days a week. She sleeps pretty much the whole time she is here. And my DD doesn't do much right now either. So I still have plenty of time to do things w DS.  






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    I'm thinking of posting on my neighborhoods Facebook page that I'm available now and over the summer to watch one or two children.  In a way I think it might be good. It might force me out of my frequent ruts and get my house and life in order. It could force me to be a better mom because then I would have to do activities with DD and the children I was watching. Am I nuts? I can't work outside the home because DH has a crazy schedule and works 12 hours. I also have no one who could babysit.I figured this would be a great way to bring in extra for savings or whatever. WDYT? I also don't have a fence so I was worried about how the summer would be. I also have two boys who are about to turn one and DD is 3. I was thinking it might take away from them but the truth is take away from what? I'm in a funky mood this week.

    Sorry, but no. Watching another child/children will not help with this. I watch one extra child and while it works for my family, it is not easy at all. I have had to sacrifice some things I want to accommodate watching this child, and it has certainly not helped me get my house and life in order.

    If you are really, truly committed to watching another child, have thought through pros/cons, how it will work for/against your family, and still want to do it, then it can be a good way to bring in some income while staying at home. But if you are just entertaining the idea because you are in a funky mood and want a change, this is not the way to get it.

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  • I watch two siblings, Boy 3yrs and Girl 18mo. I have 5 kids ages 11mo to 9yrs. I've been doing this since the little boy was 6 weeks old. The extra income is nice. It pays for vacations and other fun things that we couldn't afford on DH's income alone. I already do structured things with my kids but watching other kids forces me to be more put together which makes me feel so much better. When I was just a SAHM I would often be in pjs all day with no makeup. I just didn't have a reason to bother. Now that I have other adults in my house on a daily basis I feel like I have to put on real clothes and a little makeup.


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    I'm thinking of posting on my neighborhoods Facebook page that I'm available now and over the summer to watch one or two children.  In a way I think it might be good. It might force me out of my frequent ruts and get my house and life in order. It could force me to be a better mom because then I would have to do activities with DD and the children I was watching. Am I nuts? I can't work outside the home because DH has a crazy schedule and works 12 hours. I also have no one who could babysit.I figured this would be a great way to bring in extra for savings or whatever. WDYT? I also don't have a fence so I was worried about how the summer would be. I also have two boys who are about to turn one and DD is 3. I was thinking it might take away from them but the truth is take away from what? I'm in a funky mood this week.

    Sorry, but no. Watching another child/children will not help with this. I watch one extra child and while it works for my family, it is not easy at all. I have had to sacrifice some things I want to accommodate watching this child, and it has certainly not helped me get my house and life in order.

    If you are really, truly committed to watching another child, have thought through pros/cons, how it will work for/against your family, and still want to do it, then it can be a good way to bring in some income while staying at home. But if you are just entertaining the idea because you are in a funky mood and want a change, this is not the way to get it.

    It's mostly because I want to bring in extra income and this is the only idea I can come up with. I also do enjoy children. I'm good at childcare.

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  • "Funky mood" is not what I would look for in a childcare provider.

    I get doing this if you have an interest in child care, used to be a teachers, just love kids, whatever. But in this case, no.

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  • I watch my nephew who is 10 months younger than DD. I watch him every other week, and 1 weekend a month. It isn't a crap ton of money, but it's something extra. 
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  • I would never hire someone to watch my kid if she already had 3 of her own.

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    I would never hire someone to watch my kid if she already had 3 of her own.

    Especially at the ages OP's are.  That's a lot to handle. 

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     It might force me out of my frequent ruts and get my house and life in order. It could force me to be a better mom because then I would have to do activities with DD and the children I was watching

    Sorry, but no. Watching another child/children will not help with this.

    Depending on what OP means by rut it could help. I have more of an incentive to plan crafts and activities in advance. I still did these things with my kids before watching other kids but I didn't feel like I had to do them and they didn't happen as often. Since it's now my job I do. Some of the things we do now are more elaborate too.   I also like that I can't get lax about how my house looks because it's also a place of business. I prefer a very clean house but I didn't have the same motivation to keep it that way before.



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    "Funky mood" is not what I would look for in a childcare provider.

    I get doing this if you have an interest in child care, used to be a teachers, just love kids, whatever. But in this case, no.

    This is true but my own children don't see my "funky mood". Everyone gets in a funky mood every now and then.  

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    image QueSyrah:
    I would never hire someone to watch my kid if she already had 3 of her own.

    Especially at the ages OP's are.  That's a lot to handle. 

    I completely agree. 

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  • Honestly I don't know that you will find kids to watch with your three young kids. I would never hire someone with three young kids of their own to watch mine. I also think you expecting these children to get you out of a rut is ridiculous.
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    Honestly I don't know that you will find kids to watch with your three young kids. I would never hire someone with three young kids of their own to watch mine. I also think you expecting these children to get you out of a rut is ridiculous.

    I think you misunderstood my post or I worded it wrong.  I was pretty much saying that I think it could be good for me.

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  • I have an almost 1 yr old and watch a 10 yr old and 16 yr old. All I do for the 16 yr old is drive him to his activities. I took this job so I could make some money while taking my son with me. I have THE EASIEST job in the world. No exaggeration, and I still find it a challenge to have my son with me at times.

    I'm not looking to judge you but you have 3 kids, I can't imagine taking on a 4th. You should try to exercise to get you out of your rut. That usually helps me. I think you'll find babysitting wont help your current struggles.
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    Honestly I don't know that you will find kids to watch with your three young kids. I would never hire someone with three young kids of their own to watch mine. I also think you expecting these children to get you out of a rut is ridiculous.

    I think you misunderstood my post or I worded it wrong.  I was pretty much saying that I think it could be good for me.

    But its not about you. It is about the kids you are going to watch. I am sure having three kids as young as yours is very difficult. I don't think adding anymore kids to the mix is fair to your kids or the kids you add.
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    Honestly I don't know that you will find kids to watch with your three young kids. I would never hire someone with three young kids of their own to watch mine. I also think you expecting these children to get you out of a rut is ridiculous.

    I think you misunderstood my post or I worded it wrong.  I was pretty much saying that I think it could be good for me.

    No I get it.  What I am saying is that isn't what i would look for in a child care provider -- someone who is using my kids to clear their funk. 

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  • I do not and I would not. How will you go anywhere with all of these kids? I'd be miserable stuck at home with 5 kids all summer.
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  • I have 3 kids and I am overwhelmed many days. I can't imagine adding to the mix. Also, if you aren't able to do scheduled activities and projects with your three, it will only get harder adding more children.
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  • Wait, you have twins (nearly 1) and a 3 year old? I guess I did it wrong, because I had a really hard time the summer mine were that age. Really hard. If someone had asked me to babysit their child, I would have cried at the thought of it. You have your hands full as it is.
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    image Andrewsgal:
    Honestly I don't know that you will find kids to watch with your three young kids. I would never hire someone with three young kids of their own to watch mine. I also think you expecting these children to get you out of a rut is ridiculous.

    I think you misunderstood my post or I worded it wrong.  I was pretty much saying that I think it could be good for me.

    No I get it.  What I am saying is that isn't what i would look for in a child care provider -- someone who is using my kids to clear their funk. 

    That's not THEE reason but ok. 

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    I have an almost 1 yr old and watch a 10 yr old and 16 yr old. All I do for the 16 yr old is drive him to his activities. I took this job so I could make some money while taking my son with me. I have THE EASIEST job in the world. No exaggeration, and I still find it a challenge to have my son with me at times. I'm not looking to judge you but you have 3 kids, I can't imagine taking on a 4th. You should try to exercise to get you out of your rut. That usually helps me. I think you'll find babysitting wont help your current struggles.

    I'm not trying to babysit TO help struggles. I was just looking at a pro.It's something I"m good at and we could use  the extra income.

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  • So what is THEE reason? Does it just boil down to needing more money? I agree with eighties that you'll be busy enough and with Amy that I wouldn't want an overwhelmed funkiefied mother of three watching my kids.
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    I have an almost 1 yr old and watch a 10 yr old and 16 yr old. All I do for the 16 yr old is drive him to his activities. I took this job so I could make some money while taking my son with me. I have THE EASIEST job in the world. No exaggeration, and I still find it a challenge to have my son with me at times. I'm not looking to judge you but you have 3 kids, I can't imagine taking on a 4th. You should try to exercise to get you out of your rut. That usually helps me. I think you'll find babysitting wont help your current struggles.

    I do excercise 6 nights a week. I'm not using kids to get me out of a rut or get rid of current struggles.  

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    So what is THEE reason? Does it just boil down to needing more money? I agree with eighties that you'll be busy enough and with Amy that I wouldn't want an overwhelmed funkiefied mother of three watching my kids.

    It's something I"m good at and we could use the extra money. I would not just babysit to "get out of a rut". I was looking at pros to it , that is all. I think everyone misunderstood. But, anyhoo that is the reason. Good at it and could use the extra income.  

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    So what is THEE reason? Does it just boil down to needing more money? I agree with eighties that you'll be busy enough and with Amy that I wouldn't want an overwhelmed funkiefied mother of three watching my kids.

    It's something I"m good at and we could use the extra money. I would not just babysit to "get out of a rut". I was looking at pros to it , that is all. I think everyone misunderstood. But, anyhoo that is the reason. Good at it and could use the extra income.  

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    image LalaMama81:
    So what is THEE reason? Does it just boil down to needing more money? I agree with eighties that you'll be busy enough and with Amy that I wouldn't want an overwhelmed funkiefied mother of three watching my kids.

    It's something I"m good at and we could use the extra money. I would not just babysit to "get out of a rut". I was looking at pros to it , that is all. I think everyone misunderstood. But, anyhoo that is the reason. Good at it and could use the extra income.  

    Do you need the money to live? 
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    You should start with some weekend babysitting (leave your kids with your DH) and some house sitting to see how you handle it all and if it is truly something you enjoy. It will also get you connected with our parents in the area and maybe you could find an ideal more full time position nanny and sitting. 

    Another option for working parents is back up care. there isn't much back up care out there and that would be something where you're on call. You can charge more $ but not have the daily committment of it.

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    By your response I'm assuming you may want one of two answers...

    Puppies and rainbows:  This sounds like a wonderful idea.  I bet the neighborhood moms will come running.

    SAHM:  No lady you sound like you might be kind of depressed and should focus on that first.  Secondly you have a lot of kids adding a fourth one sounds like too much.   

    No, I don't expect that at all. I was trying to explain what I was thinking. A lot of the responses they seemed to have misunderstood. I'm done with this thread now. No, I'm not depressed. lol. It's hard to explain things on the internet. I knew what kind of responses I was more than likely going to get. I'm not surprised. Thank you for your input though. 

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  • Really ou got so,e great advice I am sorry it not what you wanted to hear. If you are great at child are then make it a personal goal to make this summer the best you can for your kids. Step up your game and be good for them. If you really need extra money there are other ways.
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  • Also, I see that you also posted this on Multiples. Stop going around the boards and asking this. Either make your own decision, or realize that committing to watching extra kids to "get you out of a funk" is wrong.

    You have a toddler and twins. If you are in a funk, it's because that it's a HARD job. I get it, I really do. But adding more children to the mix will not help. 

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