L.B. asks from Plano, TX on January 27, 2010
Where to Find a Reliable Babysitter
Hi Mamas! I'm a single mom and hope to find a reliable babysitter for occassional nights out. Where to start? Where did you find your sitters? What is the average hourly rate? Any advice, suggestions? Thanks in advance!
About me: I'm a 40 year old single mom to a beautiful 6 year old daughter who seems to have endless energy! The father is not in the picture (by his choice), and even if he were he lives 5 hours away - so I don't have every other weekend free like many single parents.
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K.M. answers from Dallas on January 28, 2010
Ask your friends in the area who they use. We have 2 wonderful babysitters that we use who are members of our church. Our first sitter I have known her parents for about 30+ years. The other sitter's parents are in our class at church and told us that their daughter babysits and is wonderful with kids. We were able to see if first hand when she was helping in our childrens Sunda School class and we heard from other parents who had used her. My kids love both our our sitters.
R.P. answers from Dallas on January 28, 2010
I approached the caretakers that work at my son's daycare. They already know my child, and they get paid very little so most welcome the extra work. It's been great. Good luck!
R.K. answers from Dallas on January 28, 2010
I highly recommend finding a recommendation from a church's youth group leader. My girls are now both at the age of babysitting (soon to be 14 and 12) and we live in Murphy. They have received babysitting jobs because they have shown their responsibility level to the leaders at the church. These folks in leadership watch closely and see the kids in a variety of environments so they are great to ask.
If you would like to meet them they even do tag team babysitting. Those who hire them love that they can keep up with even their boys with endless energy. :)
I am a single mom myself so I understand your need for time out. Good job taking the time to refresh. It is a great example to your 6 yr. old daughter.
P.W. answers from Dallas on January 27, 2010
Talk to every friend or business relation you have that you would trust their judgement. There are retirees, students, nursing students, teaching students, etc.... See who knows who.
Also talk to other mom's where your daughter goes to school Trading kids works too. I'll sit your kids this saturday if you'll sit mine next saturday. No money spent!
R.F. answers from Dallas on January 27, 2010
My 21 year old daughter is an excellent sitter for several families (some on this board). She has years of experience and is listed on Sittercity.com, care.com, and care4hire.com. Most of her clients come from Sittercity. She's listed as AMANDA F. (User #300970) on Sittercity. You can view her profile and reviews without becoming a member. You would have to be a paid member to access her contact info.
Please let me know if you need more information,
M.H. answers from Dallas on January 31, 2010
D.W. answers from Dallas on January 28, 2010
My husband and I don't have family in the area. So are always faced with childcare just for a night out. We use Kiddin Around and Adventure Playcare (Frisco, Plano). It's a drop in/hourly child care center and our boys have so much fun there. Our kids are now 6 1/2 and 5 y/o. They have games and all sorts of activities. Most are open till midnight on the weekends, so you can go to dinner with friends, catch a movie etc. You might consider that route. You can find them on line or send me an email. Take care. D.
E.B. answers from Columbus on January 27, 2010
I used sittercity.com and found a great sitter. You can pay by the month and I found that one month was enough time to find someone who matched what I was looking for. Also, you can find coupon codes online to reduce the cost a little.