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Recently I found myself in desperate need of outside help of the child watching sort.
I got myself a J-O-B that allows me to mostly work from home, but does require a few dedicated hours a week in order for me to do it.
Because I don’t have any spare hours hanging around Casa de Dummies that don’t include The Dudes, I had to outsource (aka hire a nanny-sitter-lady-girl).
And, lemme just tell you. She. Is. GREAT!
The Dudes love her. I love her (seriously, she reads vampire books, we are a match made in Heaven). Dumb Dad’s never met her, but he loves her too (he’s smart enough to know that if I’m happy then he’s much more likely to be happy as well).
Now that I’m happily coupled with my sitter extraordinaire, let me share Dumb Mom’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Sitter for your Possibly Less Than Perfect Kids.
1. Call up Santa. Yes, as in Santa Claus. Most days Santa is the only person The Dudes will behave for and then they only keep out of trouble briefly until the fact of his omnipresence wears off. But wouldn’t they be surprised if he showed up at The Casa to watch them one weekend while Dumb Dad and I catch a film? They’d have to be good for Santa, right?
2. If Santa’s not available, go young. Actually, the younger the better (but preferably over 18). I’m not trying to be ageist or anything; I like grandmothers as long as they aren’t writing checks at Wal-Mart or behind the wheel of a car just as much as the next person, but my kids have way more energy than the average 75 year old (excluding Betty White. No one has more energy than Betty White!).
3. Bribery. Family, friends, friends of friends, family of friends, friends of your family friends. Confusing? Perhaps, but desperate times call for desperate measures and taking your 8 year old to a pap smear is not an option, nor is taking your two year old to a staff meeting you are scheduled to give a presentation at. Find yourself in a situation such as this and you may be bribing your neighbor’s sister’s daughter’s summer school teacher to come over to your house and watch your kids, sight unseen, for an obscene amount of money. Or, you could do what I usually do: get Mimi and Papa to do it and promise them an overnight and a fishing trip. Who loses in that situation? Sounds like a win-win for everybody!
4. Ask around. Although some parents get all babysitter-stingy on you, many people with a great sitter want to brag about it are willing to share. Obviously if you can get a recommendation from someone you know and trust you will feel much more comfortable when the time comes to bid farewell to your little heathens for a night on the town sans diaper bags and car seats (seriously, I’d leave them with the UPS guy to go to a Justin Timberlake attended event).
5. Check online. I know. It seems kinda creepy at first. Like online dating. But, it’s really not. I found Misstoria (that’s what The Dudes call our sitter so we’ll call her that too) on Care.com. I just typed in my zip code and voila there she was! Actually, I put up an ad (that got tons of hits), interviewed a couple of chicks (who were ok, but not great), and then searched around the site a bit and found Misstoria. It took me less than a week to find her. And the site is great because new sitter join on a daily basis so there is always fresh meat a large group to chose form. We honestly couldn’t be happier (unless Mimi decided to quit her job, move in with us, and become our full-time child care giver). Her schedule works out, she’s super nice, she plays with The Dudes (swords, and toys, and play-doh, and other stuff I don’t do but should), and she even makes lunch.
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