Babysitter round-up

I thought I’d update on how our search for good babysitters has gone. We joined C@re.com a few months back, for one month. We posted a job description, noted how easy it would be since he would be sleeping, and said the person must be comfortable with our two-mom family. Oh, and like chihuahuas. We got a ton of responses. It was fairly easy to tell the good ones from the bad. We interviewed 4 people.

The first sitter we used 3 times. She was nice and mostly responsible, but talked our ears off, was late on a time-sensitive night, and we felt was encroaching a bit on employer/employee boundaries. We’re looking for a babysitter, not a new friend, sorry. She’s still on our list, but we haven’t used her in a while.

The second sitter seemed perfect…was really nice and friendly at the interview, sounded mature and responsible. And then disappeared. She didn’t respond to our emails asking her to babysit. We were sad, but what can you do? Guess something didn’t work out for her and we took the clue and moved on.

The third sitter was on the younger side (21), but had lots of experience. We’ve used her 3 times so far and each time has been perfectly fine. Of course, she recently asked if she could bring her 17 year-old sister along with her sometimes to keep her company. Seems strange to us, no? I mean, the sitter is in school so she can do her classwork or watch tv or movies, or surf the web like she’s been doing. Maybe her younger sister is just so bored at home that she wants to accompany her? Anyway, it’s definitely not a deal-breaker, but it’s weird.

Finally, we just interviewed a fourth sitter this past weekend. She’s perfect. In grad school, mature, responsible, tons of experience, lives 5 minutes away, and studying to be a speech-pathologist. We haven’t used her yet, but are thinking about making her our primary sitter. The only thing is she graduates this year so who knows what will happen afterwards.

Anyway, C@re.com is obviously working out great and I highly recommend it. Besides, where else can you find jewels like the following responses?

Despite that I am a college student, I have always been very responsible, dependable and great with kids.
“Despite”? I tend to think more highly of college students than high school students 🙂

I am my own reliable transportation
So are you planning on walking?

I AM A TWENTY-FOUR YEAR OLD WIFE, LOOKING TO GET INVOLVED IN THE GROWING OF NEW FAMILIES.
Freaky.

I own two dogs, two ferrets, a snake, and fish, so allergies are not a concern to me.
Thank you for listing your menagerie. I didn’t know one could be allergic to fish.

I respect that you are a two mom family, the majority of my friends are either bisexual or have gay parents!
Where were these kids when I was growing up??

I would like to take care your baby i have experience i have three childrens my olders is 16 and we are christian family
Sigh.

I have extra time that can be used with kids because i really enjoy them.
Not much wrong with this except that it was the entire response. Nothing else.

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16 responses to “Babysitter round-up

  1. Why is there no web site like this in Canada? This is amazing. The responses are hilarious. I’m glad you’ve found several people you’re comfortable with.

  2. The responses are the BEST.
    Glad you might have found someone (or 2).
    I don’t think her wanting to have her sister join her is so weird, but that’s just me. I think I brought friends with me when I babysat in my younger days.

  3. The responses had me giggling at my desk! Sounds like a great service!!

  4. It’s such a relief to have a short list of reliable sitters, especially for those of us without family living close. I’m glad that you’ve found a few that you like!

  5. heehee…some of those responses are awesome!! :~)

    im off to check out the website..thanks for the reminder!

  6. Those responses were priceless. Hope you guys find a great babysitter. We just recently found someone at my wife’s school. College grad, early childhood education, cheap (only $6/hr on Tues because she watches another 12 month old), watches a 12 month old- now Dillon has her first friend :). Anyways, I know how important a great sitter is so I wish you all the best.

  7. Ugh… We also have had some babysitter woes… The first “stranger” (non-friend or family sitter) told us that Lucas was “too much” to care for. He is very, very easy going. Supposedly, she said he screamed the whole time. There must’ve been some reason for that– perhaps her negative vibes? Our usual sitter has a full time grown-up job now, which is a bummer… Lucas loved her and she him. It’s been Grandma all the time lately… As a high school teacher, I have tons of great kids at my disposal to babysit, but I don’t know how much I want a student in my house! Too bad we don’t live closer- we could’ve done an occasional care swap!

  8. Oh my goodness. The responses cracked me up. Especially the one about the 24year-old wife and helping you grow your family. Ha!

  9. Maybe you should be worried that they aren’t allergic to fish–they might eat your pets!!

  10. Thanks for sharing those awesome responses. I’m thinking of posting an ad just to see if I can get my own harvest. 😉 Oh and FWIW, I don’t think it’s weird the 21-year-old asked to bring her sister, especially since Miles is asleep while she is there. She probably just wants someone to help her pass the time. I actually think it’s a good sign that she had the judgment to ask you instead of just showing up with her one time. Not all 21-year-olds are so conscientious.

  11. Strike that last part. I should have said that not all people of any age are so conscientious! 🙂

  12. Ok, you’ve convinced us that it’s not a big deal to have the sister come along.

  13. I just wanted to say Hello and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I am childless myself and part of my way of dealing with it is to read about the experiences of moms in raising their kids. So thank you for sharing!

  14. Ok, some of those responses are really freaky.

    I’m excited to hear that things have gone so well with the sitter search. I swear we will get up the nerve to do it someday but for now we’ll just ask the nanny for occassional help.

    Hope you two have enjoyed some quality time together!

  15. The process of picking a babysitter is so difficult because you’re leaving your CHILD with them. It seems that you’ve done a thorough interviewing process. It’s just so interesting the type of responses you’ve gotten. I hope that grad student works out because it sounds perfect!

  16. Wow. That’s for sharing those responses.

    I’m hoping I can do what a friend/coworker has done, and find former students willing to do this. I have one in mind who would be awesome, although we may not be able to afford her anymore as she is now in college studying early childhood education.

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