Do relate to this mum who is at the end of her tether and in tears at the end of the phone? This is how Cherished Cherubs Babysitting helped one family survive.
It is a brave move for a mother to pick up the phone to an essential stranger and reach out for help, to essentially admit that at that very point in time you aren’t coping, you aren’t being the mother you envisaged…
I say well done to those of you who do reach out for help, rather than choosing to suffer alone. We at Cherished Cherubs have had tears in our own eyes listening to some of the calls we receive.
I will never forget the call we had from one upset mum in the southern suburbs of Perth. It started as many do, a 3-year-old and a newborn. Sleepless nights and other children and a demanding daily routine. But this mum had a baby with colic. The child would cry the entire time he was awake.
Then the mother tells us that there was a complication during birth and she herself experienced heart failure. As a result, she was undergoing extensive tests, was lethargic and may have to undergo an operation. Her mother lived in Perth but worked full time, making her ability to help restricted.
On top of this the father worked away. And the strain on the marriage was showing. This lady was battling to keep herself functioning let alone be a “functioning” mum.
Our heart went out to her and we became a listening ear on many occasions, pulling out all stops to provide a suitable babysitter as quickly as possible. Whether she needed the support just to get some sleep; or to attend a specialist appointment, or even to spend some quality time with her other children at kindy/school/or an outing with them. And if we did not hear from her for a while, we phoned her to touch base until she was through this crisis.
As time has passed our role has changed, from being the emergency call point to be the Agency that she always uses while she has a dinner date with her husband.
We are privileged to contribute to the well-being of families. Do you know anyone in Perth or Mandurah that needs a helping hand with their kids? Please have them phone us at Cherished Cherubs Babysitting on 0417 927 525, or you can call on their behalf. Helping others is our passion.