Babysitters

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Registered: 07-17-2004
Babysitters
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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 2:42pm

We've been very fortunate with our babysitter situation up until this point. My cousin, who was in high school, was available most every time we needed her (which wasn't super often). Now she's in college and her parents have moved out of town. Her school is about 20 minutes away (could be 1 hour in traffic) and her schedule is picking up, so she's not really available to do it anymore. We always ask her first (because she needs the cash), but she's pretty busy nowadays.

We had another girl watch the girls once, and she did a great job, but now she's also at college not super close to here.

So....

Where do I find a decent sitter? Many of my friends with kids either a.) Don't ever go out or b.) Bring the kids wherever they go.

Is it just because I live in the city or do NO kids babysit these days? It's so strange. I remember being booked to sit all the time when I was in middle school and high school.

One of my friends recommended this site: www.sittercity.com - it's kind of like YELP for sitters, but in my area, nearly all of the profile photos for sitters are headshots (eyes rolling), and these seem like professional sitters (all adults), and they are asking for $10-18.00/hour. Well, If someone gives a range like that, you want to give them the higher end of the range because otherwise, are they going to be annoyed? And I'm sorry, but I will not pay $18.00 an hour. I wish I could, but I really can't. We usually do $10.00 plus a tip and gas money. And I think that's reasonable.

How did you find your sitter?

How much do you pay?

Got any advice for me?

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Registered: 08-26-2003
In reply to: mungojim
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 7:47pm

You TIP your sitter?


Really?????


I don't feel comfortable with babysitting ads, you never know who is a psycho, so I look in my neighborhood for kids that live near by.


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Registered: 07-17-2004
In reply to: mungojim
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 8:21pm

Yeah, tips! I was shocked, too but apparently that's what they expect nowadays. Who knew? I wish that rule was in effect back when I was babysitting.

Of course a neighborhood kid would be ideal, but I can't find any. And the ones I've asked are so involved in activities they don't babysit.

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Registered: 02-06-2006
In reply to: mungojim
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 9:44pm

Ashley, you need a responsible kid in 8th or 9th grade - too young to have a better job, but old enough to have taken care of younger siblings or taken a babysitter's course. And then you'll have them for a few years if it works out.

Since we usually use kids we've taught, we know the kids already before we ask them. Teachers have a good idea of who's a responsible kid. So, ideally, you need to find out who teaches this age group in your area. You could even go so far as to call your nearest public school, and leave a message requesting a recommendation from one of the homeroom teachers, or ask them to pass your number along to a good kid. There are always a few good kids in every class, no matter what the school is like. :)

Even if the school secretary shuts you down, it's worth a shot!

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Registered: 11-07-2005
In reply to: mungojim
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 9:45pm
I've never actually had to pay a babysitter yet but I would have never thought to tip them! We rarely go anywhere but when we have, my mom or sister have always babysat. I definitely don't think I'd feel comfortable with an online ad though b/c I agree with Irena, you just never know who you are going to get. Is there anyone at work that could make a recommendation to you?
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Registered: 08-17-2005
In reply to: mungojim
Thu, 09-03-2009 - 12:32am
Just start asking everyone that you know that likes kids.LOL Ask your barista (sp?), your storytime lady, the ladies at the library...You don't have to ask if they sit, but you can say "We just lost our babysitter, so if you know anyone that sits please let me know." Also, ask your cousin if she has any friends with little sisters that are babysitters. Lloyd's swim school is crawling with "wholesome" sitters and there are always homemade flyers up there. You'll find one. I think that 12/hr is pretty much the going rate and I don't tip, but I do round up to the nearest hour.:) Good luck!!



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Registered: 07-17-2004
In reply to: mungojim
Fri, 09-04-2009 - 1:19pm
These are all great recommendations!!! Thanks, everyone!!! I think I'm going to start with having DH ask around the office and move from there. He's done that before, but I'm going to have him do it again.
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Registered: 04-30-2005
In reply to: mungojim
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 11:22am

I think $10 an hour for 2 children is a terrific rate, that's what I pay my sitter.