I love my kids, I do. I love having the opportunity to stay at home with them. But, as someone who teeters on that introvert/extravert line, I can only handle so many questions and chatter. Sometimes I need a minute to think in my own head, to take a deep breath, to sip and not chug a cup of coffee
We all need those sanity breaks where we just cannot answer why the sky is blue one more time. Babysitters are expensive these days, yall! And so is daycare! Mother’s day out is a great option, but I don’t need that much childcare, just an occasional peaceful break for me 🙂 And something that doesn’t cost the same as my mortgage 😛
Here are some options for when you need a little breather:
- Visit an Ikea – People wonder about my intense love for IKEA. Cool furniture…check….free coffee….double check…..free childcare…..SOLD! Drop your kids off and peruse around for new silverware and linens. Have a nice quiet lunch and enjoy the free coffee and wifi at the cafe. Every Smaland is different, so you will need to call about the restrictions before you go. All of them require a child to be potty trained and a certain height. They have care available from 30 m up to 1.5 hours, depending on the facility and the day of the week. They do have a capacity, so I would not suggest going on busy weekends or holidays.
PRICE RANGE: FREE!
TIME: 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours
2. Look for Parent’s Night Out – This is something I have discovered recently. PNO is typically on a Friday or Saturday around 6-9. Many churches do a monthly parent’s night out for anyone in the community, you don’t have to be a member. Also look for a PNO at gymnastics centers, bounce houses, drop in childcare facilities, etc. They charge a wide range of prices depending on what is offered. I’ve seen from $7 up to $25 per kid. The best deal will be for someone who has 2 or more kids as there typically is a cap per family. Usually a kid friendly dinner is served (like pizza) and there some sort of organized entertainment.