Hiring childcare help may seem like an extravagance, but is it? Whether it’s finding time for that workout or making time for date night, as a military family it can be difficult to feel like there are enough hours in the day for all the things you want and need to accomplish. And with all the pressures ‘what it means to be a good parent,’ many moms are hesitant to get the help they need.
Well, there is nothing wrong with getting a bit of help. In fact, having an additional set of hands like a nanny or baby sitter can do wonders for your mental and physical wellbeing and your relationship with the entire family.
Whether your spouse is deployed, or you live abroad, a nanny or regular baby sitter can help you juggle the day-to-day and alleviate some of your stress.
Make Time for Date Night
As you know, it’s essential to keep the spark alive in your relationship to maintain a happy, healthy relationship. But many moms struggle to find ways to get out of the house for date night. Maybe it’s finding the time or finding someone you can trust to watch the little ones. A reliable, trustworthy nanny can provide you with peace of mind while you’re out on the town. Nannies often plan fun activities with the kids, which you kids will look forward to.
Finding time with each other will help strengthen your relationship and reignite your connection to your marriage. This can improve your mindset and mental health.
Even low-cost date nights will bring the romance back to life. Bring a picnic to a well-lit park. The adventure of a night picnic can be quite exciting. So, call up the baby sitter and set a date for a bit of fun and adventure.
Catch Up on Chores
You’re probably cringing thinking about the pile of dishes in the sink or how long it’s been since you dusted the blinds. If only you had an extra set of hands…
Daytime help can give you the extra pair of hands you need to catch up on your spring cleaning. While a nanny or babysitter watches your kids and controls the chaos they can create, you can get those neglected chores done around the house.
This can often be a more affordable solution that paying a cleaning service. And you can put on some music, use tropically scented cleaners, and treat this time as a mini mental vacation.
Avoiding the Energy Drain
I’m always amazed by my kids’ brimming and boundless energy. From jumping on the bed to chasing butterflies in the garden, they can go, go, go! There are times when I can barely keep up. And at the end of the day, I’m tired, to say the least.
Finding a babysitter that stops by for a couple hours every day or every-other-day has had a tremendous impact on my energy levels. It’s nice to be able to take a break and catch up on a little me-time. I find myself more energetic when my husband gets home, and more excited to play with the kids in the evening.
Get in Some Gym Time
Being healthy means making time to hit the gym. Getting in cardio is great for your body and mind. It can help you de-stress and improve your self-image. But finding the time with a family can be tough. Why not use your babysitter for an extra hour while you hit the weights?
Your nanny or babysitter will keep your kids busy while you keep yourself healthy. Even if you don’t go to the physical gym, you can close your bedroom door, put on a yoga video, and namaste your way to relaxation.
An Affordable Solution to Let You Work
Many military spouses sacrifice their professional aspirations to take care of the family. And why wouldn’t they? Their beloved husband or wife is protecting our country and keeping us safe. Consider the cost of a nanny as an investment in your relationship with your spouse.
You may not have to solely rely on a single income. Whether it’s part-time or freelancing for home, you don’t have to give up your career. A nanny can help your career thrive. Or a nanny share, where multiple families share one nanny, can be an affordable option, especially with some childcare tax credits.
Whether you’re ready to jump back into a career or you’re committed to creating time to date your spouse, a nanny can you achieve what you need for a calmer, less stressed family life.