Free babysitter available

Periodically, I get offers from brands, publicists, or influencer sites to review and/or promote products. Sometimes the product is relevant to my interest and audience, and other times it’s way off. With the rise of mommy bloggers, I’ve seen an increase in outreach efforts from toy and game companies targeting toddlers in particular. There are also a lot of offers for baby products: Diaper bags, pacifier clips, teething rings, etc. When they are paid promotions, I definitely regret having to turn them down. But, I don’t have easy access to children! I obv don’t have children, I don’t have family nearby, and my friends either don’t have kids or don’t have little ones. What to do?

One of my friends is a godfather to a toddler, so I thought that was a potential opportunity. Free toys sounded like a good idea to the parents, but they weren’t too keen on the idea of the child being posted on social media. For these promotions, I would likely post a photo or video of the child with the product or interacting with it.

Then, I thought about volunteer work. I could bring the toy to a child in need, and spend time with them. But photographing them would be exploitative (and probably not permitted). If I could just babysit a kid for a couple of hours, give the caregiver a break, and take some snaps, I would be golden. But would strangers let me watch their kids? What if I watched them for free?

I have some qualifications under my belt, and kids love me 🙂 I was a teaching assistant in a preschool for children with special needs, and I also taught wellness topics to students in K-12 as a paraprofessional. Both of these positions were with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. My CPR and First Aid certifications have expired, but I could easily get them renewed.

So, the caregiver gets free childcare for a couple of hours, and I get a snap or video of the little one having a great time. Sounds like a win-win to me! What are your thoughts?


The second wife

First wives have a lot of pressure.  Pressure to be superwoman, pressure to have kids, pressure to hold the marriage together when you really can’t stand each other anymore.  After all, marriage is supposed to be forever…

Well… the two of you realize that you can’t stay together just for the kids, you hate being around each other, and you decide to throw in the towel.  Maybe the divorce is messy, maybe you keep it civil, maybe the kids aren’t too damaged.  Either way, he’s glad it’s over and he’s back on the block.  That’s where I come in 🙂

You can’t remember the last time you had so much fun or were so happy.  You feel reborn!  Haha!  I have this guy who I used to date years and years ago.  He’s married and divorced now and has a daughter that’s 23.  He’s 53.  He’s fantasizing about me being his second wife, and I can see why.  His first wife was his age, dull, and suffocating.  I’m exciting, 20+ years younger than him, and you can have all the space you want cuz I need space too.  And I can still talk to him about the educational system and politics (his interests), and be completely comfortable around his executive friends.   We also have a lot in common as far as our personalities and the way we view the world.  (I have no interest in settling down with him, btw).

Then there’s this guy I’m friends with who is separated from his wife, living in different states.  She’s not dull but older, and doesn’t share his interests.  His interests being 19-year olds, drugs, and clubbing (smh).  He’s not looking to get married again any time soon (hasn’t divorced the first wife yet), but he wants his next wife to be someone he can share girls with.  An open marriage, or at least swinger/threesome-friendly.  I’m sure he’ll find a girl more than happy to oblige, because he’s loaded.

On the second marriage, a man goes after the type of woman he realizes he really wants.  Maybe she’s younger, has a similar personality to his, and is adventurous.  Or maybe she’s submissive and is ok with the affairs.  Or maybe she’s super hot and doesn’t speak English.  Whatever tickles his fancy, he’s gonna make sure he gets it the second time around.

Some great generalizations about divorced men:

  • They take life less seriously.  One day at a time, live for the moment, carpe diem type of attitudes.  This means traveling, adventure, and less petty arguing (minor irritations don’t bother them as much).  This can also mean that they don’t really want to get married again and have to deal with female drama.
  • They see their flaws.  They know their strengths and weaknesses, and are better at communicating them.  Marriage is like emotional boot camp for a lot of men.  Take the fake marriage I’m currently in: When we used to argue, he would ignore me, not admit guilt, and let it fester for days.  Now, we argue, he’s mad for a few hours, then we talk it out and apologize.
  • They know women.  Similar to the way that older men in general know women, know how to treat women, and understand that sometimes she’s going to be hormonal, irrational, emotional, etc. because he has spent years living in the same house with a woman.

I could definitely do the step-mom thing.  Most of the divorced guys I meet have kids around 7 years old.  I skip out on the 4 a.m. feedings, potty training, and the terrible two’s (sorry, first wife).  The kids are just around weekends (maybe) and school breaks.  During that period we could do fun things, hang out, build a friendship.  Hopefully the kids are well-trained and not complete brats, but who knows.  By the time they become rebellious teenagers, hopefully we already have a good relationship and can survive those years.

Potential problem: The kids are complete jerks and the father doesn’t want you disciplining them.

Potential problem: The first wife is Satan’s daughter or psychotic or keeps the kids from their father or damages property or otherwise makes life difficult for you.

Potential problem: Divorced man is a single father, raises the kids full-time.  Does he expect me to be a step-mom and a housewife?  Hmmm.

Potential problem: The second wife starts having kids, and turns into a different person.  She’s not as fun or submissive.  Now she’s irritating and mouthy like the first wife!  Oh no!  LOL… keep that divorce attorney on deck.