For folks like us who are not independently wealthy and do not have a lot of family across the street, one of the most vexing problems is finding acceptable babysitters. In fact, it took us four years to feel comfortable enough to hire one for our two kids.
It so happens, we found the most wonderful person you could imagine: she played with the kids, lived across the street and didn’t charge a much. Then we moved to Chicago. (She was headed off to college in another state, anyway.)
Now we have to start all over again. I’m guessing we won’t be using the girls next door.
Timing, of course, is everything. Just last week I received an e-mail directing me to a website called, I Saw Your Nanny. It’s a great way to scare yourself silly about just how bad nannies – or babysitters for that matter – can be.
Hiring another person can be a dicey business. We always stay home with our babysitter the first few times to get a feel for how they behave with the children, but of course it is easy to get duped.
So I’m curious, what do other parents do to screen babysitters and nannies?