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Old 10-22-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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How to find a sitter?

My wife is a stay at home mom, but she also runs a small business that requires a few hours of her time per week. We badly need to find a sitter for a few hours a week, but we don't really know how to find one. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-22-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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My wife is a stay at home mom, but she also runs a small business that requires a few hours of her time per week. We badly need to find a sitter for a few hours a week, but we don't really know how to find one. Any suggestions?
Brew - We lived in a neighborhood with a bunch of stay at home moms. They formed a Babysitting Co-op. There were about 25 of them. They would call around to see who could take the kids for a few hours. There was someone selected each year that kept track of who did what and who owed time. Turned into a social thing to, with potlucks, etc. Good luck.
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I would put the word out to people that I know and trust, such as family, friends, neighbors, people at your church and co-workers. Alot of times they can steer you toward a certain person and even if they are not available, they might know someone else.

I have always worked and I had 2 children. I was off 6 weeks for the first and 3 months for the second. This is by far the hardest thing for working parents. One can not do a good job at work, when you are worrying about the care your children are receiving. We ended up selling our house, my spouse quit his job and I was able to transfer my job, and moved to another state (back home) because we had such babysitter problems with my first child. A family member told me that they would babysit my son and since I had lived with her for 8 years while growing up, I trusted her. We difinitely made drastic moves, but since our son was the most important priority, it was definitely worth it.

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For just a few hours per week a responsible teenager in the 13-17 age group is a possibility, especially if your wife is close by. There are some very mature and experienced kids in this age group (mostly girls but don't rule out boys). Our 14yr old has been babysitting for 3 years and has several families that rely on her. Check out your own neighborhood (people you know). You can always start slow to test them out.
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Word-of-mouth is the best reference. Check with neighbors, coworkers, church groups but don't forget the nannycam.


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For just a few hours per week a responsible teenager in the 13-17 age group is a possibility, especially if your wife is close by.* There are some very mature and experienced kids in this age group (mostly girls but don't rule out boys).* *Our 14yr old has been babysitting for 3 years* and has several families that rely on her.* Check out your own neighborhood (people you know).* *You can always start slow to test them out.
We have tried this. Infortunately, the local teens don't seem to understand that when they agree to sit at a certain time and date, we are counting on them. We are close to giving up on this age group and looking for college kids.
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We have tried this. Infortunately, the local teens don't seem to understand that when they agree to sit at a certain time and date, we are counting on them. We are close to giving up on this age group and looking for college kids.
That's ashame but not suprising.
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Although kids are grownup now, we always were referred to sitters by someone who's child/children were with the sitter or had been recently. Nothing like a reference, then go there and see how it looks, how the kids/adults are interacting and how the physical place looks (clean, appropriate toys and furniture, safe, etc).
Always worked out very well.
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try craigslist. (http://www.craigslist.org/ and pick the area where you live)
we are in the same boat (DW is working part time from home) and we had good luck with our babysitter.

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try craigslist. (http://www.craigslist.org/ and pick the area where you live)
we are in the same boat (DW is working part time from home) and we had good luck with our babysitter.

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Interesting. Thanks.
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We have tried this. Infortunately, the local teens don't seem to understand that when they agree to sit at a certain time and date, we are counting on them. We are close to giving up on this age group and looking for college kids.
Our experience has been that somewhat younger sitters work best (maybe 13-14). Once they get to their mid teens they seem to have other priorities and get flaky.
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try craigslist. (http://www.craigslist.org/ and pick the area where you live)
we are in the same boat (DW is working part time from home) and we had good luck with our babysitter.

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Just an update: We found someone local on craigslist and met her today. She seems perfect, so once I check her references, we should be all set. Thanks, sailor.
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She seems perfect, so once I check her references, we should be all set.* Thanks, sailor.
I guess it'd be prudent to do a credit check and a criminal records check? Or does some referring agency handle this?
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I guess it'd be prudent to do a credit check and a criminal records check?* Or does some referring agency handle this?
Hadn't thought about that. I think the credit check is something I don't really care about. Anything I have of value (material) is in an account somewhere. If she wants to steal some of the crap stuff in the house, I'd probably pay her an hourly rate to get rid of it. Crimial check is interesting, but I've no idea how to do do this.

Ultimately we will be depending on the reference checks, our judgement, and the simple act of treating her well. In addition to pay and consideration, my wife is already planning to ffer her career and resume advice (DW's business). I think goodwill goes a long way.
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If she is underage you most likely can't do a criminal check anyway.
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