The young woman who takes care of my baby nephew seems to have stolen from my mother's home. Yesterday my mother collected some money from a tenant and left it in an envelope in her bedroom, in an unlocked wardrobe. As usual, she left home to pick up her grandaughter from school and was away for around half an hour. During that time, the babysitter and my baby nephew remained in the house. When my mother got back home, the babysitter told her that she had to leave slightly earlier than usual due to some personal problems (sick relative).
posted by Basque13
on Mar 8, 2014 -
My wife and I always have trouble finding a babysitter. Our friends have the same problem. This problem came up at a party last night. Our solution to the problem was a website / app that allowed parents to search for babysitters. There are plenty of services that do this already, but we all agreed that none of the services were solving the 'trust' problem. We felt that none of the existing services were local enough, e.g. tied to our local community / social circles. As a parent, what would this service need to do to put you at ease? Do the babysitters need to be vetted, and if so, how? Referrals? Reviews? Video interviews? Personality tests? What would you need to know to trust a babysitter with your kids?
posted by jasondigitized
on Feb 17, 2014 -
I'm in the process of hiring an occasional daytime babysitter, who may become a more regular babysitter if the freelance work I'm getting turns into a regular job. I'm feeling rather panicky about leaving my baby with someone. Help me figure out best practices to keep my baby safe and soothe my fears. [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Dec 25, 2013 -
My wife and I have two little kids. Recently, we've found that we really needed to get away for a date night at least once a week. Budget is not that lavish, so we often have 2-3 hours to get away and do...something. We live in Burbank, CA. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game
on Sep 21, 2013 -
What do you do when you can't (but have to) leave a 15 year old alone overnight, but he has no friends/family to stay with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 12, 2013 -
My two year old isn't talking yet (yes, this is being addressed) but he became very, very upset when I told him his sitter was coming to stay with him today. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I am a mother of 3 kids, age 2,4,10. I need babysitter to take care of my kids for 1-2 hours during the weekend, so that I can run other errands. But it seems that babysitters typically look for more work (money) than 1-2hrs ($30)/job (with typical rate of $15/hr). I am willing to pay $30 to $60 per hour if the babysitter can teach the kids music, dance, gym, drawing or other arts and can involve all three of my kids. [more inside]
posted by akomom
on Jan 24, 2013 -
What to do about a babysitter who appears to be having a mental breakdown/serious depressive episode? [more inside]
posted by Scattercat
on Dec 6, 2012 -
I'm a mother (of a toddler) who works part time and is looking to make some extra money. I've considered babysitting jobs, but aside from raising my own son, I don't have much experience with kids aside from babysitting jobs I had when I was a teenager. No recent references. Could I get hired? [more inside]
posted by trillian
on May 2, 2012 -
We have an awesome babysitter for our one year old. And (but) she's also the kind of person who I would make serious efforts to befriend, if she weren't already our babysitter. Mixing business and friendship is not a good idea, right? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom
on Apr 28, 2012 -
What's appropriate for me to do in terms of providing food for the person who provides occasional date-night childcare for my eight-month-old son? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain
on Aug 5, 2011 -
What do you look for in a babysitter? What specific skills or traits do you consider to be most important? [more inside]
posted by lowlife
on May 13, 2010 -
Our nanny, who is otherwise *perfect*, just informed us that she is pregnant. She would like to continue working through the pregnancy and after her child is born. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 31, 2009 -
NPR or PRI story- About a year ago, I heard a story in which the narrator was attempting to find his long lost baby sitter- a woman named Susan or Sharon?! It seemed like a TAL type story but I don't believe it was Ira Glass.
Sadly I missed the ending and have been searching for it ever since. Has anyone heard of the story?
posted by rlm-job
on Jun 16, 2008 -
How much do you pay your nanny? I'm in the process of hiring a regular babysitter for my kids. I've found someone I like, a college student with tons of experience who's really great with my little ones. She'll just be here two mornings a week-- one morning with just my infant and the other morning with my toddler as well. How much should I offer her? What about tips? What else do I need to know? This is in Chicago, but I'm also curious if the going rate varies in different parts of the country/world.
posted by bonheur
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Where can you have sex (together, as a couple) in NYC when you can't do it at your place? In our case, it's hard to get wild when the babysitter is taking care of our baby daughter in the other room. We don't want to pay $150 for a hotel room when all we need is a couple of hours. What are our alternatives?
posted by anonymous
on Dec 9, 2004 -