Deborah - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I do not have a lot of family support to help with caring for my 7 year old son. What has helped us avoid costly childcare expenses, is developing a playdate network. We initially do activities as families to establish an understanding of one anothers parenting styles/ expectations and go from there, taking turns with playdate/childcare activties, ranging from hanging out at home to family vacations.
Our family friends have been yet another wonderfully loving and cost saving benefit of having children!