Ever hired a babysitter to get time in the shop?

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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 06-06-2008 12:43 AM 1219 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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06-06-2008 12:43 AM

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Last Friday was a miserable EMS day in my world; stress levels were through the ceiling and Jenn had to be at work moments after I got home(late) so I was thrust abruptly into Dad mode. Not being in the best frame of mind to deal fairly with the kids I lucked out that the neighbour’s daughter was available to babysit the kids. I leaped at the chance and think it was some of the best money I’ve spent on a WW project. After about three hours I was human again and had made substantial progress on my router table. So the question is does anybody else hire help to get shop time?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 06-06-2008 01:17 AM

I’ve hired baby sitters to get some down time. But not specifically for the shop. If time in the shop is what you enjoy, then it is no different than hiring a babysitter to go to a movie.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-06-2008 02:05 AM

I agree with Wayne. Sometimes you just have to have some alone time—- and it’s probably a good thing for the kids that you recognize the need and go with it.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 06-06-2008 02:50 AM

I usually just take them in there with me. I give them a pile of scraps, some glue, hammers and nails and let them go to town building modern art pieces at the assembly table. I can usually get at least 20 minutes of work done this way.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#4 posted 06-06-2008 03:59 AM

I am a Paramedic an my wife is a nurse so we are coming and going at different times of the morning for our shift changes. We have a full time baby sitter that watches my son a few days a week. We had to guarantee her so many days and pay weather he goes or not. So to answer your question yes I have a babysitter and use the day to winnd down from shift and for time in the shop, so I am rested and in good mood to spend with my 3 year old.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#5 posted 06-06-2008 05:30 AM

You gotta do what you gotta do!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 05:59 AM

we have the same on the babysitting…where we pay either way…periodically we get days off when she is open and take them in so we can do our landscaping projects…and luckilly my wife has been really supportive of me on the weekends to get time…but we will get a sitter this summer for some days for us to do various projects…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 02:12 PM

Mark I applaud your sensativity to your stress and your even asking this question shows your devotion to your family and your needs as well. I would say go with your heart and do not let others condemn you. As someone who has devoted his life to helping others you know that you have to take care of yourself as well.

Let me say thank you choosing to serve others as a career.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 04:00 PM

we’ve done it too. money well spent, and good practice for not quite old enough neighborhood kids get ready for “real” babysitting.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 06-06-2008 04:41 PM

This is what I do.

Just joking, I don’t have any kids (good thing right ? I thought this was funny when I got it emailed to me)

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 06-07-2008 01:26 AM

Thanks for the responses folks. Jenn liked the idea so much we’re hiring our neighbour again to sit this weekend while we (Jenn and I) put the ceiling up in my shop. Yup you read it right my wife is helping me build my shop…I am a most fortunate husband!

Hmmm the duct tape idea has a certain appealing simplicity.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 06-07-2008 03:46 AM

sometimes you just have to tape them ducks up they get annoying after a while. We take my youngest to day care 3 days a week and if I ever get my 4 – 10s back he will still be going at least part of the day. I get about no shop time right now and it would be good for me to get more. he just looks cute in my avatar pic inside he is a lil devil.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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