Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday

I haven't had a brilliant idea for WFMW in ages, but since today is the Backwards Edition I knew I could come up with a question. So here's what I need help with - please advise:)

How does one go about finding an occasional daytime babysitter? My kids are all little and I usually just take them with me or stay home, but there are times I have to go somewhere during the day and the kids just can't go. My grandparents are the only people I know who don't work in the daytime and they are wonderful. But when they aren't able to keep the kiddies, I'm out of luck. Our pastor's daughter would be a great choice, but she's in school during the day. Any ideas?

8 comments:

Becky said...

I often have this problem myself. I just hate asking and I'm not sure why. I think someone in your church is your best idea. I just recently found out that a teenager at our church wanted babysitting jobs so this was a relief. Of course it doesn't help your during the day problems! If push comes to shove I will ask a friend from church - sometimes someone my parents age - not "too elderly (LOL)" but someone who is retired and would welcome something to do. Sorry I blogged in your comments!!

Amy said...

I have the exact same problem- if my parents aren't available (they both work) then I'm stuck. I recently called my church and found out that they have a list of available babysitters, so I guess I'm going to try that. It worries me to leave my kids with strangers, thoguh. So, no advice, just wanted to say I know how you feel! :)

Ewokgirl said...

I don't have kids, but I do work with the youth at church, as well as know several of the moms with young kids. If you have any homeschooled teens in your church, they may be a good daytime babysitting source for you. One of our former youth group kids was homeschooled, and I know that she sometimes babysat during the day for moms who needed to go to a doctor's appointment or something else the kids can't go to.

I also know that the moms trade babysitting with each other when they need to go somewhere without their kids. But that only works, of course, if the other moms are SAHMs.

kathryn eli said...

As an occasional babysitter (I'm only 20) I can tell you that college students are a great resource. We aren't in class all day & usually have several hours in a day when nothing is scheduled. Sometimes we even have whole days of nothing. :)

I like to meet the family beforehand to find out a general routine, rules of the house, medical information, & any other important information. I hate babysitting when a child asks if they can watch the TV & I have no idea what the rule is.

Hope this helps!

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! All my mommy friends work, but there is a wonderful woman at church (my freind's mom) that I hadn't thought of. And we live in a college town, so finding a college student is a great plan, too! Thanks for the ideas! And thanks for dropping by!

NeedANap2 said...

My ideas have already been mentioned, great question!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

My ideas have already been mentioned: swap with other moms, find a college student, or a homeschooled high schooler. All three of these options are ones which I have used successfully.

Amy said...

Definitely try a local college-ours has a whole set up on their website with criteria you are looking for as well as what the sitters are looking for.

We have also had luck with home schoolers that available during the day as well as those who need community service hours to complete a project.