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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tukwila Publishing; 1st. ed edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967874807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967874807
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Myers earned a Masters of Science and has studied business process modeling at the University of Washington. He enjoys re-engineering business processes into a simple, easy-to-do solution. Facinated with a neiborhood baby-sitting co-op that had been passed from mom-to-mom for twenty years, he set to work writting "Smart Mom's Baby-sitting Co-op Handbook".

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It is very, very thorough and detailed.
Gerri Detweiler
There is a "business" side to running a large co-op and to keep things going smooth- that's where the book comes in.
A. Long
I highly recommend this book for those seriously interested in starting a co-op and exchanging sits.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerri Detweiler on February 12, 2001
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I was interested in starting a coop, but didn't know how to iron out all the details. Fortunately, I found this book and it answered all my questions. It is very, very thorough and detailed. And it really has some excellent suggestions that one might not think of when starting a coop, like making sure each member has homeowners liability insurance and doing a safety check. If you buy the book, you also get access to a special web site with lots of useful forms to download. You really don't have to do much work at all. I am advertising my coop now, and am so glad I found this resource.
My only problem with the book is that I don't like the secretary method, where you call one person to book the babysitting, and this book really only describes that option. (The book seems to be written for stay-at-home moms, and I am starting a working mom's coop.) But it's thorough enough that I feel I can adapt it for my needs. I'd definitely recommend it highly to anyone interested in starting a coop.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
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Best book in catagory--I did my research! I did a Baby-sitting Co-op in one hour with three friends using this handbook. (it has everything you need already laid out). We have invited ten more moms to join us. We have time-out because a sitter will always be available--I can schedule a doctor's appointment on the spot. I only do sits in my home when it fits my schedule. We make one call to the secretary serving her turn--no hunting for a sitter. The book is well writen, easy to follow and provids everything I need. I serve as secretary one-month in rotation with 12 other moms. I started the co-op but I am never asked to do anything more. I cannot say enough about how the Co-op has helped--step-by-step. My kids have playmates and I have time out when I want it. I love my new friends. This is a great thing for any mother of preschoolers! It is a good thing to do for your neighborhood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Long on March 15, 2005
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I found out about this book and the idea of a co-op when the author, Gary Myers, and his wife, Patty, came and spoke at our MOPS meeting. I was hooked on the idea of free time for me and appointments without my son. I was new to our area and had no baby-sitting options at that time. Two ladies from our MOPS group took control and had our co-op up and running within one month and we had 16 moms. Our co-op has been working great for 5 months and has grown to 19 moms, with many more interested.

I highly recommend using this book as a guideline, as it lays out rules you may not have thought of, plus, if there is ever a question or problem- you just refer to the book. There is a "business" side to running a large co-op and to keep things going smooth- that's where the book comes in. It is also filled with all of the paperwork and you get access to the Smart Mom's website for free downloads of the paperwork (you have to have the book which gives you the password to print the downloads). For more info I would recommend checking out their website at [...] You can also order books from there for $15 or less- depending on how many you order- and call the 800 number. Hope this review helps you moms looking for a co-op!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2000
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One of the fundamental problems facing all parents is that of safe, reliable, competent child care. Now there is an effective, informative, "parent friendly" guide to developing and sustaining good babysitting resources and arrangements through the development of a "parents co-operative", a mutual arrangement of mothers of preschoolers to give each other a little time to themselves for getting out and about to do the things they need and want to accomplish, and can't take the kids along with them. In Smart Mom's Baby-Sitting Co-Op Handbook, Gary Myers shows how the reader how easy it is to start, maintain and operate a safe, "parent friendly" child-secure, babysitting co-op, anywhere, anytime, for any number of moms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Carroll on July 20, 2004
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I am starting a babysitting cooperative and have found this book quite helpful. It contains many practical tips, rules and suggestions that have clearly resulted from years of experience with cooperatives. Using the book as a guide, I hope to avoid pitfalls and oversights I might otherwise have made.
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