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10 Requirements for the Perfect Babysitter

Posted by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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10 Requirements for the Perfect Babysitter

Posted by Jill Smokler

My family and I find ourselves in a most unfortunate predicament right now: We are without a reliable babysitter. All of the teenagers on our street are suddenly too cool to sacrifice a Saturday night, and much as my mom loves her grandkids, a standing weekend sleepover with all three wasn't too appealing to her.

Since it seemed to work in Mary Poppins, I thought I'd write out my wish list and see if the universe sends the perfect sitter to my doorstep.

She should ...

1. Truly enjoy spending time with my little monsters. I mean kids.

2. Drive herself to my house and then back home.

3. Play games with the kids instead of letting them watch TV or play video games.

4. Be fun enough that the kids get excited for her to come.

5. But be responsible enough to get them to bed on time. 

6. Manage to get them to eat their broccoli and green beans.

7. Be available at the drop of a hat.

8. Not snoop in my bedroom drawers once the kids are sleeping.

9. Clean up after herself. And the kids. And the dog.

10. Never, ever cancel at the last minute.

I'm never going to find a sitter ... am I?

What are your requirements for a babysitter?

 

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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MamaMoopsie
by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I wish it were that easy! I'm not very trusting with people watching my kids. My mother and father or my SIL are the only people I let watch them. I don't trust anyone else.

Pammi86
by Pamela on Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I haven't left my dd with anyone but grandparents.
splatz
by Sarah on Jan. 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM
My youngest has only been with a sitter (grandma) a hand full of times...
I don't have a list.
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JenniferMiller0
by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I would do all that! Most of it is just common curtesy. I would never cancel at the last minute, unless a medical emergency came up. And I am not a nosy person at all and I also happen to be a clean/neat freak...especailly when I'm bored. So if once your kids went to sleep, I would probably spend a lot of time cleaning. lol.

DixieFlower
by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I really haven't thought of this yet. In the past I've had my mom, sister, or my nieces/nephew watch my LO's but there have only been a handful of times I've needed them.

goddess99
by Michelle on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Blood relative lol. I have trust issues.

auntangelofsix
by Angel on Jan. 7, 2013 at 9:02 PM
I agree.

Quoting goddess99:

Blood relative lol. I have trust issues.

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delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

It's usually just a relative and a very trusted long time friend.

Janet
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM
Only family watches mine.
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