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A Babysitter’s letter to my Mom

To Mom,

Firstly, I don’t know how you do it. I only look after your children for a few hours at a time and I leave exhausted. You are practically superwoman to me!

I love your children. They are beautiful little souls that are constantly learning and growing and, yes I might get covered in poo…or vomit (or both!) but they really make me appreciate the finer things in life. They bring me back down to earth and they never fail to make me laugh. So clever, yet so naive. So unpredictable, yet so stuck in a routine.

Much like you, I have experienced the downs. When it’s totally manic and everything happens at the same time – you just want to cry out for help or suddenly have 8 arms so you can multi-task. When the kids have just had enough and scream for you, the hardest part is saying “Mommy will be back later” – it’s like I’ve ripped their world apart. When I’ve changed a million nappies, and the little one has exploded yet again. When your children decide to get out every toy they own to unravel the tidying I just did in between bottle feeds. I’ve experienced the cries and the screams, and I’ve had snot wiped all over me. I’ve slowly wormed my way out of the baby’s bedroom inch by inch trying not to wake him after a whole hour of settling him down.

I know I get paid for this, but that’s not why I do it. I do it because I love spending time with children – and yours are my favourite. I love seeing their silly dances and the look on their faces when I play games with them. I love discovering what they create, and the drawings they do of you. And when it is time for me to leave, I know that you’ve got to look after your children 24/7 until I return. I really don’t know how you do it, but thank you for choosing me as your babysitter. Thank you for inviting me into your family home and offering me endless cups of tea when you should be doing other chores or taking a nap.

Looking after children can be hard but, ultimately, we both know it’s worth it. We both know your children are going to become intelligent, inspiring adults one day, and they’ll be able to thank you for that. We both know that they look up to you in every aspect of their lives. This Mother’s Day, please rest up and treat yourself for once. I know you put everyone else first, but you need to be well yourself in order to look after them.

They may cry, scream and miss you when you’re gone. But Mom, please know that I try my best to reassure them in times of need, and they do slowly cuddle up to me. They do giggle when I pretend to hide, and they do enjoy having lots of books read to them. I’m not their Mom or Dad, but I’m the next best thing.

Happy Mother’s Day!
From your babysitter.

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