How Did You Decide on Child Care?

Child care tipsGuess it's finally time for us to suck it up and find some child care. Got any tips?

I hate to do it -- after all, Kavi is only 4 months old. And really, I work from home. How many people get that opportunity?

But it must be done.

As you may or may not recall, a few months ago, I got accepted to grad school.

At the time, I thought it would just be beyond our reach to even try to go. So I dismissed it. But my lovely, forward-thinking, can-do spirited (and fellow writer with an MFA) husband insisted that we could make it work. We crunched some numbers, looked at our schedules, and figured it out. So starting August 30, I'll be a full-time student again.

But I'll also still be a full-time freelance writer -- and a full-time mom.


And it looks like it will be impossible for me to get everything done. Honestly, I'm getting through by the skin of my teeth even without a full-time course-load. But I can't afford to cut back on my freelance workload and the point of getting an otherwise useless degree like an MFA is to build in time to write, prioritize deadlines, and learn discipline.

So we're looking at a few hours at a time, a few days a week. We do have the option of leaving Kavi with my parents a couple of days a week, but that would require quite a commute. I'm wondering, though, if it might be worth it to buy ourselves some peace of mind that she's with someone she knows and loves. But we'd be adding a few hours back and forth on a train, which is hardly the most comfortable situation for an infant.

But what if we do have to go forth and invest in child care? How do we even begin the process? Do we ask for references? Go with our gut? Can people be licenced for these types of jobs? I don't even know where to start!

What are your best tips for figuring out child care?

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