Parenting and PCSing Around the Holidays

 

The value of a trusted nanny or babysitter cannot be overstated - especially when the relationship is new.

The value of a trusted nanny or babysitter cannot be overstated – especially when the relationship is new.

Traveling and PCSing in the winter and around the busy holiday season can come with many unforeseen challenges. Settling into a new duty station, coping with holidays without family and friends and other speed bumps in a military family’s “normal” way of life can especially complicate the already-daunting task of parenting.

Childcare requires trust and can be extremely nerve-wracking for many parents. Whereas in your (former) hometown, you could likely lean on a trusted friend, neighbor or established sitter, you might find yourself passing through a new town, settling into a new base community and in serious need of some adult time for errands, dates and unpacking.

Fortunately you have reliable options through the DoD-funded, Sittercity Military Program. To use the service, you can simply register at www.sittercity.com/DoD. Once you have activated your fully paid membership, you have access to their safe, secure, nationwide database of local nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, pet sitters and more.

You can access your membership from any internet connection and immediately have the tools you need at your disposal to conduct a search for a new sitter. You can quickly make sure they’re background checked, call references, compare fees and more in record time. Relying on a stranger to help with your children can be extremely uncomfortable, but Sittercity can take much of the worry out of the situation – all for free.

If you’re really in a time crunch, you can also post last-minute jobs on Sittercity and allow interested caretakers to respond. Just like a more time-consuming search, you can hire someone with confidence be able to quickly find someone who is reliable, reviewed and even background checked.

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