As many families settle into new duty stations after PCSing, they’ll find they’re in the familiar pattern of resettling their life – yet again. Finding new local services, shopping, hair salons, schools for the kids (or themselves) and a social niche can be absolutely exhausting. Many are also considering going back to work or school.
If you’re a military spouse heading back to school or work this fall, that’s wonderful! We salute you and wish you the best of luck. It can be a little intimidating to start over, but fortunately, we have flexibility down to a perfect science… right?
If you’re tackling school or a new career, there’s likely a lot on your mind.
One of the most stressful aspects of moving tends to be finding reliable, affordable, appropriate child care for your family. Chances are, your kids have been through more caretakers than many of their peers will in a lifetime, and as parents who constantly uproot, it’s pertinent to get the sitter who’s the right fit for your family.
The free, government-sponsored Sittercity Military Program lets you check childcare off your list. The service makes searching for help around the home much easier, as users can access their safe, proven database of nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, pet sitters and more.
You’ll be able to get back to work or school with the peace of mind that the people helping to support you fit into your family dynamic and your budget – on your schedule. One of the best features is the ability to post last-minute jobs if you find yourself tied up at work or a light night study session. You can find someone quickly and even ensure they’re referenced and background checked. It’s a win-win.
Military families can active a free membership at www.sittercity.com/DoD.
Be sure to check our recent posts about spouse employment and education as well as our first-person accounts of military spouses who have been there.
If you need help settling in, be sure to check out the great resources we have for you in our free PCS Guide and the honest, true-to-life base reviews available on Military Duty Stations. SargesList can help you find local businesses as well as fill in the missing gaps of things you lost or were damaged during your move.