Monday, July 09, 2007

Baby Sitter Co-op

My town does not have one but the baby-sitting co-op is a wonderful idea. It is the village everyone needs to help raise a child and it is mostly free. The barter of time could naturally be extended to trading skills. One sitter could teach Mandarin Chinese in lieu of the other's piano lessons.

The more diverse the community in ethnicity, background and profession better the opportunities for creative trades. More than anything, this gives children an unique opportunity to savor different cultures and lifestyles from the comfort of someone's living room. It challenges their comfort zone as they go from one baby sitter to a community of care givers.

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