Try these five ideas for finding a great babysitter in your area.
2. Ask Around. Check the classifieds section in your local newspaper or community magazine. Get to know the youth at church or in your neighborhood. Talk to child development teachers at the middle school and high school. Put out a facebook plea to all your friends in the area. Search the internet on reputable sites like: www.enannysource.com and www.care.com.
3. Meet (Interview) your Potential Sitters: Interview your to-be babysitters in a casual atmosphere. Call them up and invite them to meet you at the park or at your home - somewhere you can comfortably introduce them to your kids.
4. Don't Overlook the Older Couple Next Door: You know the ones I'm talking about. Yes, your next door neighbors who are in their late sixties who spend a lot of time watering their plants and going on walks.
5. Do a Couple Swap: Talk to your friends-with-kids and see if they would be up for a regular babysitting swap. You could take their kids every Friday, and they could take yours on Saturday.
Finding a great babysitter isn't easy, but just remember - once you find one you like, keep them! Call them regularly and pay them enough to keep them coming back! Your kids will be happy. Your babysitter will be happy. And your marriage will be happy.