I went back to work three weeks ago as dd2 has just started school mornings only until after half term when she will be full time. I've been lucky enough that DH has been able to take dds to school in the mornings but my mum has been collecting dd2 at lunchtime for me and walking back to my home and looking after her for just over an hour for me. (I work part time so am home to collect dd1 from school myself).
Mum has helped me now almost every day I have worked over the three weeks. She has told me that she has enjoyed every minute being with her grand-daughter and doesn't mind helping me out (she doesn't work herself because of ill-health) and it gives her something to do.
I am just interested to hear from other people who have their parents to help out with their children and to see how they work. Do you pay them as you would a childminder? Are they happy to do it as a favour? Or what other ways are there that you work around them?
There is no way mum would even consider taking payment off of me so I have told her today that when I get my first pay packet I shall be taking her and my stepdad out for a meal to thank them for their help.
Discuss everything related to paid childcare here, including childminders, nannies, nurseries and au pairs.
For those of you who use your parents for childcare when you are at work...
Sparkler1 · 04/10/2006 19:39
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