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Psst – free child care
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:32:51 PM »
Why hire a babysitter when you can get child care for free?

That's Christine Shakespeare's logic. After landing tickets to the Flight of the Conchords Vancouver show a few weeks ago, the Coquitlam, B.C., mother of two dropped her kids off for the evening at her sister-in-law's, with one string attached: She has to return the favour.

Feeling a little strain on their purse strings, the two women have struck up a formal child-care swapping deal: Instead of paying for care, they'll be each other's cash-free babysitters.

Ms. Shakespeare takes five-year-old Diego and 16-month-old Nico to her sister-in-law's for sleepovers and play dates. In exchange, Ms. Shakespeare, 35, picks up her sister-in-law's kids, aged 10 and 7, from school and takes them to piano lessons or art classes.

“It was kind of a money-saving thing for us, something we decided together just so we didn't have to pay for babysitting,” she says.

It also spares them the hassles of finding reliable teenage sitters. The upshot: freedom from frantic cellphone calls during dinner, or having to drive a babysitter home at the end of the night.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090518.l-babysitter19/BNStory/lifeFamily/home

 

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