This morning I published a piece at the National Catholic Register making the case that stay-at-home moms need help. In the comments and emails I’ve received in response, a lot of women have asked for advice about how, exactly, to go about getting help. A woman named Erika Evans expressed it well when she said:
I agree wholeheartedly, but then again it’s not an easy problem to fix…Since the kids were born we’ve always lived thousands of miles away from relatives, and even if we lived closer they’re either busy with their own lives or not the type to bring me a casserole or take the kids for a few hours. I had friends around, but most of them were in the same life situation as I (multiple small children) and often had military husbands who were in and out of the house, so they were in no position to be helping out anyone else. And our budget has always been tight, and babysitters/house cleaners are not cheap. As it is, we can barely afford to pay a sitter to take a date night or to go my husband’s work Christmas party three or four times a year….and paying someone to clean the house is out of the question.
So it’s all well and good to say, “Moms need help!” and I would agree with that….but what to do when you can’t afford to pay someone and there’s no grandmas down the street?
I think this is an excellent question. Normally I’d enjoy brainstorming about creative ways to find help when you’re on a tight budget, but I think I managed to get negative sleep last night and thus my brain is not functioning today. So I was hoping that you all could help me out: If you have any creative ideas for how at-home parents can get much-needed breaks without breaking the bank, let us know over at the Register!
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