I have been a parent for 14 years, and with all the changes, ups and downs that have occurred in those years, there has been one constant: the headache of childcare. You think that the difficult portion comes when you have a snuggly infant at home and you need to find full time care when you go back to your job. Trust me, that can be awful, but it isn’t over then.
I actually ended up leaving a job I loved after my second child was about 8 months old, because the math just didn’t work. I was paying to have my kids in childcare more than I was making at work. Th next few years brought a steady circus of trying to work from home at various contracting gigs and believe me that is not an easy task without any kind of care for my kids. The Disney Channel only lasts through so many conference calls and naps never seemed to sync up just right with office hours.
Fast forward to when all of my kids are in school and my job, while flexible, often requires me to be away from the house precisely when my kids are in it and need an adult. Our needs are different than those early days of bottle feedings and walks to the park, but we have child care needs just the same and they often fall on me to figure out.
I have relied on sites like Sittercity in the past. When I moved to New Jersey and did not know a soul, Sittercity helped me find two reliable, wonderful sitters for when I had to leave my brood to go make some money outside the house. Sittercity did all the time consuming work of vetting candidates for safety and reliability, so all I had to do was interview to ensure the proper fit with our family, trusting the candidates were all confirmed beforehand. While no childcare is cheap (Really, do we want it to be? These people are taking care of our most precious commodity.) Sittercity is free to use and their care saves people about 68% over the use of other childcare matching agencies.
Last week I had the pleasure of joining Genevieve Thiers, the founder of Sittercity, for lunch to learn about the new On-Demand childcare service called Chime. Genevieve is a force of nature, who not only created this incredible site, but did so with the bigger goals than just reliable childcare. Genevieve is all about political change and women’s rights. She recognizes that 71% of us work outside our homes and yet nearly 80% of us are still responsible all our childcare needs. She recognizes the hustle of modern day parenting and she wanted to build Sittercity and now Chime to be a part of our home teams.
Chime provides the same high quality, experienced and carefully curated child care professionals in an on-demand way with instant booking and liquidity in major cities (including NY and Hoboken/Jersey City). Chime is for all of us who need care for our kids in the ways that don’t fit with an average day care or nanny setting. You just type in your location, choose from one of Chimes carefully vetted providers and pay an agreed upon hourly fee through a credit card. Chime handles the rest. Chime is our quick, to the rescue childcare for those times we need it most. Check out Hellochime.com for more details and to see if you have chime in your city.
*Looking to use your voice for family rights this election season? Chime is offering $60 in credits for first time Chime users with the code ELECTION. You can use chime to get some kid-free quiet time in the voting booth this November! In addition, if you share a cute picture of your I Voted sticker or some other moment from your voting experience on Facebook be sure to include the #IChimedIn and tag Chime by Sittercity and you can win 100 hours in Chime babysitting and $500.
** This is a sponsored post. All opinions are those of the writer.