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Childcare, Aupare, Nannyshare - Exciting stuff
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Childcare, Aupare, Nannyshare - Exciting stuff - July 16, 2013, 06:37 AM

Who has experience with what?

Childcare is expensive bottomline.

I think this new house we're real close to acquiring has a finished basement with what could be an aupair suite. I have some family who did that and liked it alot. Super flexible childcare.

Nanny share seems like it could be a good idea too.

And then there's just straight up daycare.

What do you guys do?
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Who has experience with what?

Childcare is expensive bottomline.

I think this new house we're real close to acquiring has a finished basement with what could be an aupair suite. I have some family who did that and liked it alot. Super flexible childcare.

Nanny share seems like it could be a good idea too.

And then there's just straight up daycare.

What do you guys do?
I got lucky. My wife's business allows her to stay home. We like daycare though, and ours is about to start preschool. Interaction with other children is important to us because ours is an only child


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I'm really into the idea of an au pair. All the places we're looking at have an inlaw suite which would be perfect. My wife makes $85k working so staying home hits hard. Even if you go to the upper range of the weekly allowance (~$500) that's just 26,000 a year for one on one care.


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My mom watches my kids 3 days a week and we have a nanny the other two days. IMO opinion the one on one attention they receive is more important than getting socialized early on. My 4 year old started preschool last year and we were nervous that he would kick and scream. ha, 1st day he was like LATER dude and was fine.

That being said, they are both seemingly to the right of the curve on speaking, problem solving, reading etc.. but some of the coordination stuff, group work etc they are a little behind.

Dont forget, if you go au pair, you will probably want to buy a cheap, but running car. Part of the program is to let them experience the US, and they want to go explore. No way would i let them drive my nice cars.. haha

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July 16, 2013, 09:32 AM

Can somebody throw down some likely costs for an au pair? Since there shouldn't be that much difference based in locality like the other options (ie Stafford vs Arlington)

And that Nanny Share sounds interesting too.

We personally had our boy watched by a home care lady (legit but at her home) and he loved her. But then he got older and started testing her too much since her strength and focus is on the really young ones. Babies and all. So at 7 or 8 the best option for before/after school care was at the martial arts joints.

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As a mom, I just couldn't trust anyone else with my 5 month old, so I went with the KinderCare that my neighbor trusted and put their 2 kids in. Centers have strict guidelines and policies and are monitored. Even so, I still didn't trust a center at first- I would pop in randomly to see how my son was doing. Since he's an only child, I really wanted him to have the interaction with other kids. They have a curriculum so it's like pre-preschool. He's only 21 months but he know some colors, can count to 10, knows some shapes and says a lot of words. And, yes, $300/wk is expensive to me. But then when I think that my son is there 5 days a week for over 8 hours a day, $60 a day for the good food he is fed and the quality care he receives doesn't seem so expensive.


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I just kept knocking up my wife till it was cheaper for her just to stay at home and raise my kids!

But really having her at home with the kids has been awesome. When the little one goes to 1st grade in a couple years she will go back to work.


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I grew up with au-pairs, some are like aunts to this day, some stole stuff and ran away, some get homesick and want to leave, but all and all it's been a great experience. I even had a couple of really hot ones (bonus).


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You rich azz MFr's....au pare DEEZ!!!

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Au Pair can be cheaper than a daycare, gives one on one attention and brings a unique cultural aspect into a childs life. It's also a great method of expanding your own world view.


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Yea Brian. Only looking at aupair because daycare is like 2k in some places. Can't swing that. Aupair in america is like 12-1500. plus that other stuff mentioned like car, etc.

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Yea Brian. Only looking at aupair because daycare is like 2k in some places. Can't swing that. Aupair in america is like 12-1500. plus that other stuff mentioned like car, etc.
You know I'm not serious man. $2k/month is ALOT. Glad I live up here, I thought $800/month was bad.

I would argue that an aupair costs you more than that. You need to supply a separate living quarters for them right? What could you rent that same space for each month for other rental income? I bet more than $800/month....

Then you have to supply a running car? $3k up front costs? What about insurance? Maintenance? Repairs? Sure you can sell it in a year or 2 but you weight the options.
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July 16, 2013, 06:16 PM

Unless you have more than one kid, an au-paire isn't the bargain it seems. Also, its not as flexible as you might think. They have their work hours (8 hours) and if you want them to stay late/weekends, you have to pay them per hour.

Personally, I am not so comfortable with my kid in a home (even mine) without other people around. Too many nanny abuse stories. True, most don't do anything, but its the few that do. I like having cameras and other parents and people around. Harder to hide things. Plus its good for kids to be around other kids. If they don't know how to deal with the herd when they start school, they are screwed. Not a lot of breaks given these days when a kid has separation anxiety at 5 or 6.
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I didn't see anything in the regs on the state department website that mentioned a requirement for having to buy them a house. You have to pay min wage ~200/week for up to 45 hours of work not to exceed 10 hours a day and provide up to $500 for their studies. You're also on the hook for meals at the house but adding one more mouth isn't that crazy.

Some of the daycares up here are going for $100+ a day. An Au Pair is a huge bargain at that rate even assuming that I rent out the room for $500/month. There are certainly some trust issues- but that applies to letting anyone into your home.


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