Number 4 has secured fairly regular babysitting jobs for two different families.
Every job she’s done so far has been from about 5 or 6 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. She’s there for a couple hours, gets the kids dinner or dessert, puts them to bed, and then has some time to chill out.
Today she had another job for one of the families — two girls — but it started earlier in the afternoon — around 3:30 — and she was going to be there until 9 or 10.
One of the girls is friends with Number 5, and they had a couple conversations at school and Number 5’s friend told her she wanted her to come over today, too.
Number 5 came home from school earlier in the week and asked if she could go with Number 4 when she went to babysit today.
I told Number 5 I didn’t think the mom would be okay with that, plus it might be a little awkward at bed time if her friend had to go to bed and Number 5 was hanging out on her couch in her living room with Number 4 until 10:00 at night.
“But Mom,” Number 4 said. “I’m going to be there for so long with them both awake. I’m going to have to occupy the two of them for so long.”
I reminded her that was the whole reason why she was getting paid.
“Yeah,” Number 4 said. “But if Number 5 came with me, then they would occupy each other, and I could get some quiet time.”
And that was when I knew Number 4 had learned Mom Lesson #486: Playdates — Why You Need Them And When To Use Them.