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I almost said no this time, somebody slap me.

So I got a text from my friend with the hellish toddlers last night at 6:00. I ALMOST flat told her no, I can't watch your kids anymore. *sigh* someone please slap some sense into me?

Her: Are you able to watch kids from Mon-Thurs?
Me: Not at my house
Her: That's fine. Our house is clean now so you can watch them over here. I just suggested your house that one time because our place was trashed and I didn't want to make you sit in it all day. I understand
Me: For how long?

30 min later
Her: I would bring them to you in the morning about 8:30 and until [her man] gets home. More than likely sooner but I don't know
Me: I don't think that's going to work this time
Her: Ok, what will work then?
Me: After I get back from taking kids to school
Her: Ok, does the end time work?
Me: Yeah
Her: ok

2.5 hours later
Her: Sorry it's so late [her man] just got home and informed me that plans have changed and we don't need you to babysit, but if [the oldest] can still meet up with you in the morning that would be awesome
Me: sure
Her: thank you

Some of this is paraphrased for clarity.

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Asked by Rosehawk at 12:42 PM on Sep. 16, 2013 in Relationships

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Answers (11)
  • Hey! It's a step in the right direction.... and you're not watching them, after all.


    Answer by Ginger0104 at 12:44 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • i saw that fist text asking me if I could watch them and I just groaned. My first thought was how to politely say no. so happy I don't have to.

    Comment by Rosehawk (original poster) at 12:46 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • Keep on making excuses why you can't like you have errands to run or something to do with your family etc. Then she'll get the message & you won't have to say no. :)

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:47 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • I am proud of you but... Slap, slap, slap.
    Next time, just , No will be better. LOL.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:43 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • Okay, look in the mirror. Now say, "No! No! I cannot watch your kids anymore! Look for another sitter! The answer is no!" Keep saying it. Practice it, know it, live it.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:04 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • Next Time- NO
    You're having tea with the Queen
    You have a boob job scheduled
    The Mars Rover is landing and that's going to take up your whole day
    Oops. Didn't see your text. Sorry!

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 2:07 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • Here's how to politely say no:


    That's it. Requires no further explanation.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:44 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • Oops. Didn't see your text. Sorry!

    That would be the easiest one for me to pull off. :)

    Thanx y'all for for the humor and reminders that I really don't want to do this.

    Comment by Rosehawk (original poster) at 2:45 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • I would have just informed her I was busy that I couldn't baby sit.

    Answer by louise2 at 3:30 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

  • OK I am still giving you a silver star.
    Now go for the gold!

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:40 PM on Sep. 16, 2013

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