Now that the new year is here, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Decorations out of sight, thank you notes written, gifts put away. After the go-go-go of the holiday season is over, I’m looking forward to some “me” time to recharge my batteries.
A lot of moms I know who stay at home struggle to find time to do simple things like haircuts, doctors appointments and going to the gym. Sometimes it’s just easier to put it off than to coordinate with your partner and cut into valuable time you might be working, resting or having valuable down time. And although there are always babysitters, if you are on one income, that can seem like a hard expense to justify on top of the money you are already planning on spending.
So I was excited to learn that when my stylist, Cristiana, moved to the LifeSpa at LifeTime Fitness, I could bring my son and leave him (for free) in the LifeTime daycare while I got my hair cut! Her rates are reasonable, the salon is pretty convenient (near 620 & Parmer) and they offer other services, like waxing, pedicures and manicures and massage.
I also joined 24 Hour Fitness in the stifling temps of last summer, partly because of their Kids’ club. I have other mom friends who go more often to the Town Lake YMCA because their kids love the nursery so much.
Once kids are potty trained and meet certain height requirements, they can stay in Ikea’s Småland in Round Rock while you shop.
It seems like a such a win-win for businesses and busy families, that I’m surprised not more places have these types of programs. I guess once a child is a little older, he/she is in school so running these errands is easier, or kids are easier to bring along without needing to be entertained.
Do you have any secrets for getting these mundane — but necessary — errands run? Are there any places you know of locally which have put some thought into keeping kids happy while you get stuff done?
Written by: Nicole Basham