Now that preschool is almost over for the year, I'm considering starting up a six week trade with 3 other mamas of two kids each. It would go like this: Two moms take 6 kids for two weeks - two times/week while third mom gets exciting day off to grocery shop, go to cleaners and enjoy relaxing gynecological procedures without screaming, "I don't care that it can grab your sister's boogers... A speculum is NOT a toy!" . That means for every 4 weeks "worked" moms get two weeks off. Sounds reasonable, right?
Here's the positive:
* Moms get to talk to people that don't grunt, wobble or deficate on themselves
* Kids get to socialize and get germs over other kids toys
* This village style kids raising builds community and links that kids can take with them for the rest of their lives and utilize to become doctors, lawyers, President of the United States, or freelance party planners slash kettle korn kiosk owners.
Here's the negative:
* One mom can't do it one week due to sick kids, so the perfect schedule is thrown off
* One kid is more difficult than the other 5 kids, leading to all sorts of complaints from other moms: Tommy's Mom: "We should get one and a half hours for every hour we watch Johnny." Johnny's Mom: "My son is just spirited." Tommy's Mom: "Your son put my son's head in a lawnmower." Johnny's Mom: "Perhaps he was subconsciously telling you to mow your lawn." Tommy's Mom: "Well excuse me for not marrying into money and having a gardner. At least I love my husband for who he is, not his wallet." Johnny's Mom: "Good, because I certainly couldn't love a fat, anti-social bastard. (beat) Pass the Evian!"
Just not sure.