You know parenting’s done a number on you when taking a shower with the door closed starts to feel like a spa day.
Buff the stress away with Matilda & Madeline Mother’s Helpers. The new business (adorably named for the children’s book characters) puts experienced babysitters and personal assistants at your service for everything from date nights and dog walking to birthday party planning and meal scheduling.
They can also help expecting families prepare for a newbie’s arrival. So while you’re busy tending to that bump, extra hands lord over nursery organizing, baby clothes washing, diaper buying, and thank-you note writing.
The helpers include aspiring teachers, former nannies, older sisters, aunts, artists, writers, and other loving, creative types who take true interest in caring for children.
They’ll work out your kinks in no time.
Matilda & Madeline Mother’s Helpers (312-315-2905 or matildaandmadeline.com). Babysitting, $15 an hour for one child; an extra $2 an hour for each additional child. Other services, $15-$30 an hour.
iVolunteer.org Chicago Launches
What: The journalist-curated site now has a local edition pointing you to volunteer opportunities even young ones can take part in.
Why: Make 2011 a do-good year.
When: New opportunities are added weekly.
Where: Online at ivolunteer.org.
Skating in the Sky
What: Put on your skates on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Observatory, where a rink overlooks downtown and the lake.
Why: Slide and glide more than 1,000 feet off the ground.
When: Thru Mar. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 10 p.m.)
Where: 875 N. Michigan Ave., at Chicago Ave. (888-875-8439). Skating, $5 (in addition to observatory admission of $10-$15; under age 3, free); skate rental, $1. Tickets online at hancockobservatory.com.
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
What: The musical adapted from Eileen Spinelli’s children’s book follows the transformation of a town hermit into everyone’s favorite friend.
Why: Valuable lessons about companionship and acceptance.
When: Thru Feb. 27. Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., at Farwell Ave. Tickets at 773-761-4477 or online at ovationtix.com. Adults and children, $12.
Photo: chillpop / Flickr