Yep, that is me Mrs. Serious Short and Sweet Pants.
But anyhoo, when I have a million thoughts swarming through my head - which is like always - I have to talk them out. And since we have established my lack of anything that would possibly come close to resembling a friend here in my new house in my new town in my new county in my new state in my new time zone, I must once again turn to my true and faithful blog friends. I LYLAS!
So, since I have no job offer...yet, I think it is completely sane and reasonable to start to plan my entire life around the possibility that they are like possibly maybe could offer the job to me...Wednesday afternoon. And since this is my make believe world and I make the rules -- I say Rule #11 is I need to plan cause I am gonna get a job offer this Wednesday afternoon. It was in the fine print, that is why you didn't see it and all.
So since it is a rule and all and I am a law abiding citizen, I start with tackling out the details of this plan -- and I, OF COURSE, need your help.
Child Care Center vs Nanny
Okay here are the facts and nothing but the facts ma'am...
Eldest Twerp -- $0
Middle Twerp -- $0
Baby Twerp -- $62 a month for MDO
Child Care Center
Eldest Twerp After School Program -- $35/week= $140 month
Middle Twerp After Care Program -- $75/week = $300 month
Baby Twerp Child Care Program -- $170/week = $680 month
TOTAL $1120 I am a rounder, so $1200
Arrive everyday by 7 am.
Leave by 6 pm
Pick Middle Twerp up everyday at 2:15
Meet Eldest Twerp off the bus at 2:30
Take Baby Twerp to speech one day a week for an hour.
Option to continue Mother's Day Out from 9 am - 1 pm for 1-2 times a week.
- Plus I would be willing to give her our current car if she needs reliable transportation and carry only liability insurance on it for her.
- Plus, I would pay her if we took off or a holiday.
- Plus I would still pay for Mother's Day Out 1-2 times per week which equals $150 max. This would give her a 4 hour break a couple times a week.
- Plus, she would only have Baby Twerp until 2:15 everyday
Pros and Cons
Child Care Pros
- Reliability -- no sick days or late to work or stuck in traffic.
- Trust -- Middle Twerp is currently at the school and I LOVE IT.
- Educational -- They use a curriculum I am familiar and comfortable with.
- Socialization -- Baby Twerp will be around other kids and in a social setting.
- Speech -- Baby Twerp will be subjected to continual speech and language acquisition.
- I will be taking Middle Twerp there every morning so this will not be an additional stop for Baby Twerp. It is the same center.
- No care when school is out or on holidays
- Exposure to sickness and disease and the word butt.
- Not able to just "let him sleep in"
- Someone in the home
- One-on-one care
- No extended hours at child care -- at home
- Someone to become a part of the family
- Could be a little late or ask her to also do night time care if we are out of town. (Of course, we would compensate.)
- Can just come home at the end of the day. No childcare pick ups.
- Kids can come home and settle down for the evening.
- She can start supper and drink my Dr Pepper.
- I do not know ANYONE well enough. It will be an interview and faith.
- She could blog all day and pay no attention to my Twerps at all....Oh wait, they are use to this.
- Sick, car trouble, vacation, etc
- Trusting my kids in a car with her.
- She is basically a stranger.
We used a nanny in OKC and we LOVED LOVED LOVED her....she was fabulous. She did not provide any transportation and we knew her and her family VERY well. She also cleaned my house...and I LOVE HER FOR folding my underwear. Thanks Cass. But this is a different situation.
I interviewed two nannies this week and we WILL NOT be using them. As I told one about Baby Twerp's one-hour speech class she asked, "Will I have to stay the whole hour and wait on him?"
Uhm, he is a THREE year old going to speech. Not a 15-year-old you are dropping off at the mall. Buh, bye.
The other girl wanted to know if we would provide her with wireless Internet and a gas card. Which the answers are yes, but that was HER FIRST question...not how many kids, or their ages, or names or nutin. Like we say in Louisiana Bayou.
There it all is. What do you think? On top of all of this we will need someone who can stay and watch the kids when we are both out of town. Ideas? Thoughts? Judgement?