Maybe I Should Wait a Year

Maybe it’s not yet time to leave my freelance, SAHM thing for a full-time job.

My new job starts in about 10 days, but I don’t yet have childcare lined up.

Here’s what I need:

someone to pick up my older child every day from preschool and watch him in the afternoons, plus someone to watch the little one all day Thursdays.

Here’s what I have:

Sitter A___ can pick up Max from preschool on Tuesdays and Fridays and watch him until I get home (or, almost until I get home, one of those days). She can also watch him Monday and Wednesday afternoons but not pick him up from school, so I’d have to find someone to do that (could be another parent, except most of the time the kids play outside after school).

Sitter B____ can come here on Thursdays and be here for the afternoon. That leaves Ben with no care for the morning, plus no one to pick up Max from school.

I prefer “vetted” sitters, recommendations from friends and acquaintances, but since we’re down to the wire, I may try Care.com, Sittercity, or Craigslist. Those all make me nervous, but it’s worth a shot.

Or, I can bow out for another year. Ben’s already two, and next year he’s off to preschool. I ran an errand with him today and realized how much I love hanging out with him. If I don’t take this job, I can still work freelance (pretty heavily, I think), take Ben to his “tumble bumble” class on Mondays, not be rushing to get Max to his swimming lessons. Sick days wouldn’t topple the whole house of cards. I could spend more one-on-one time with Ben (such a rarity!) and show him cool things and take him places until he heads off to school next year. I wouldn’t have to worry that 5 different people are watching my kids on different days and if any of them get sick, have exams, or flake out, I’m screwed.

Add into the whole equation our cooperative preschool, which requires me to work half-days every 3 weeks or so, and you might agree that maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea for me to postpone full-time, onsite work for another year.

Am I right? Is this just too crazy to try to patch together?

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