Observations and Thoughts from my Little Corner

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Big Decision of the New Year

My sister called last night and asked if I would be willing to keep the children of one of her co-workers five days per week for pay. The mother is a single mother dissatisfied with her daycare. Everyone knows I am morally opposed to daycare, but that I am sympathetic to those moms who find it their only option. The children consist of a 10 month old and a four year old. On the plus side, Sam would be getting a playmate, which is awesome. Secondly, I could be a positive influence for however long this lasted in the lives of these children and their young mother. And, of course, my family could always use the extra money. On the down side, watching a ten month old all day would certainly impact my homeschooling efforts with Stephen and Kenny. Also, there are a lot of projects I have planned with Bible Study, decorating, cross stitching, and scrapbooking which would definitely take a backseat or be put on hold altogether. Lastly… as much as I love children and value them as gifts from God, do I really have it in me to watch someone else’s children all day, everyday? I’m 43 years old with my own little three year old to chase around. So, I prayed about it, tossed and turned all night trying to decide, and called my sister to ask for another day to consider. I will probably meet with the mother to discuss everything, but if I do that, my heart will get more involved and I won’t be able to say no. So, this first decision of the New Year is a big one, and important to me, my family, and someone else's family. Any advice would be appreciated!


lynda said...

This is a hard decision! You are an awesome mom and the children would be very lucky to spend time with you and your family. Sam would probably love the company...and maybe the older children could help some too. You could always incorporate some lessons in there someplace....But they would take a lot of your time and energy...of course, the situation wouldn't have come to your attention if you weren't strong enough to handle it. Whatever you decide to do, you won't be making the decision lightly so you can rest assured that you will make the right choice.And you know that you know that you are not alone. Sending good luck and hugs!

Tami Minor said...

Thank you Lynda! I will meet the mom and her children tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes. I wish I had more energy!