The Babysitters Club: The Power of Connection
“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” ― Debra Ginsberg
This is my go-to parenting quote. I feel like there are certain things I underestimated about parenthood, which is normal, and others that I foolishly feared. But it’s all good because so much of parenthood is like childhood, formed from innocence and wonder. But where I feel the most anxiety and awe is in the need and power within surrendering.
I’m fortunate to work part time from home asynchronously, which means I get to schedule my work during naps, after bedtimes, and whenever a child permits me a moment on the couch with my laptop. For the record, the latter almost never happens. But as the children grow so does my career, which means the needs to hire responsible care.
I underestimated my anxiety in securing a babysitter. With no family nearby, it was inevitable that I’d need to find someone local to help me. And it was almost impossible to guarantee that my needs would always align with one particular person. It became clear that I needed a place or page to gather with peer parents and assess and acquire sitters. Upon inquiry, A Madison Mom’s beloved founder, Colleen Bohensky, informed me no such place or page existed. And while I had utilized the local Facebook group, I rarely interacted with sitters.
Enter The Babysitters Club. Here parents and sitters join to connect and conspire for various childcare scenarios. Thus far, it’s been a smashing success, but our work is not done. The power of locality is only as good as its contributors. We need more sitters. Please spread the love for us. We keep this page local for the safety and security of all involved, but also because we offer local workshops for sitters and parents.
Our next CPR course is being held at the Madison Ambulance Squad. Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and AED training is provided. You can sign up for April 6th or April 27th. Both trainings begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Click here to sign up or for more information.
Here’s to the power of connection. May it help ease the pain of parenthood. But seriously, there’s no greater gig.