When was the last time you hired a babysitter for your kids?
Be it an extended family member, a friend, or somebody from an organised childminding service; there are some excellent reasons why you might want to call on the services of a babysitter from time to time.
#1: You need to focus on your married relationship
Many couples experience stresses and strains in their relationships when they don’t have quality time together. And the reason for a lack of quality time is usually because of the children. With much of their time spend caring for the needs of their little ones, they spend little time nurturing the love they have for one another. In a worst-case scenario, this can sometimes lead to friction in the relationship, eventually resulting in separation and divorce. So, don’t let this happen to you. You won’t need to suffer tension in your married life or feel the need to call on the services of family law solicitors if you can keep the flame of love alive. Call in a babysitter on a regular basis, and then have those all-important date nights with your partner, as you will then strengthen the relationship you have together.
#2: You need to look after your health
When did you last have me-time in your life? The needs of your children are many, and so you might have spent much of your time focusing on them and not on yourself. However, if you feel tired on a regular basis, and if your physical and mental health is suffering because of the many demands placed on you as a parent, then you need to call in help. Bring in a babysitter to look after your children every so often, as you will then have the opportunity to look after your health. Go for a walk. Take part in the hobbies you enjoy. Book yourself into a spa. And do anything else that will refresh your mind and energise your body.
#3: You will become a better parent
In direct relation to our last point, you might start to say or do things that you regret when tiredness takes its toll on you. The temper tantrums in your household might come from you rather than your children when your stress reveals itself through explosive episodes. You might then feel guilty for your overreactions, and question your ability as a parent. Of course, you’re not alone in this, as many parents lose it from time to time. You’re not perfect, so you can be forgiven if you yell, slam doors, and forget how to use your indoor voice! However, if you can find time for yourself and take time out away from your mum role, then you will return refreshed, less stressed, and in a better state to manage your children. In short, hire a babysitter, as both you and your children will benefit from the caring intervention of another!
So, I ask again. When did you last hire a babysitter for your kids? If you have related to anything suggested in this blog, now might be the time to do so!