Recently, when I was home alone with my 2-year-old daughter and 2-month-old son, I left them in the living room and briefly went into another room.
They weren’t unattended, however. Rather, I used a strategy for getting an extra set of adult eyes that is today’s hint. The method: My mother was watching my children via FaceTime.
With the computer strategically placed so my mom could have a wide view of my daughter’s play area, I told my mom to yell to me if I needed to run back into the room for any reason. Luckily, my daughter just chatted with my mom while I was gone, and I was able to take care of my quick business no problem.
It turns out I’m not the only parent utilizing FaceTime for this purpose. As I recently wrote over at The New York Times’ Motherlode blog, more and more parents of young children are hitting upon using video-calling apps, such as FaceTime and Skype, as handy child care helpers.
You can read more about these high-tech sitters in the full Motherlode post, “The FaceTime Babysitter,” and be sure to share your comments on the topic. Would you use a FaceTime sitter? Why or why not? What are your tricks for getting things done around the house when you’re home alone with the kids?