Could you use a helping hand while on vacation? Many parents have started to bring a sitter with them when they go away. Here's a quick breakdown of the etiquette involved and what to pay a traveling sitter.
WHY BRING A SITTER ON VACATION
Ten percent of Sittercity.com's parents report that they've taken a sitter with them on vacation and another 40 percent stated that they've considered it but not yet tried it.
Several things make this trend so appealing. It allows you to keep your kids close, have family time, and have many (uninterrupted!) romantic moments on your vacation. Not only will you and your sweetheart be able to snag some time to yourselves, you'll also be able to sleep late and catch up on the sleep you lost while at home. A sitter can take your children on their own itinerary so that you and your partner can do fun grown-up activities—like a historical tour, a museum visit, some sightseeing—without your little ones asking when they can just go home and watch SpongeBob.
As an added bonus, traveling together can also strengthen the bonds between you and your babysitter, and between your babysitter and your children. Also, if your children have to adjust to a new environment and unfamiliar circumstances on vacation, having a trusted, familiar caregiver with them can help smooth that transition.