Finding a Reliable Babysitter: The Hardest Task on Earth

by Lisa Donovan

My husband is an artist.  Everyone once in awhile we have an opening to go to that we can’t (won’t) bring the kids to.  There was a day when, with only one kid, we could bring the whole family and all was well.  My son would talk calmly walk around the gallery.  He knew the rules: no touching, no shouting, no breakdancing near any fragile sculpture.  Then we had our daughter.  Those of you with two kids know the shocking reality that going from one to two kids is.  We can no longer take the whole family anywhere but the park and other uber-kid-friendly places.  It is a damn near impossible feat to get them both functionally well-behaved at the same time.  In fact, it seems that when one is practicing the utmost self-control and being angelic, that the other feels that that moment is perfect for causing utter chaos.  So, see, we have decided that finding a regular babysitter whom we can count on as regularly as the bug man is essential to our future sanity and happiness.

This might seem like an easy task.  Not so.  I am realizing that one of the only ways to attain babysitter info is from other mothers.  It’s tricky.  Some mothers are happy to share everything they know.  Some mothers, not so much.  I asked a friend of mine if she had a good babysitter to recommend.  She said “Yes, but I’m not giving her number out - are you crazy!”.  Believe it or not, I have gotten this response quite often.  It’s like the holy grail of parenting.  I swear, I have never seen adults be more covetous of anything in my entire life.  It’s like those who have them are scared to death of losing them and those who don’t have them would kill to get the information.  Bizarre.

But, somehow, we managed to pull through and Saturday night we’ll actually be going out together, sans children, for the first time in - geez - I think, like, over a year???  Yeah.  I think that’s about right.  Hopefully our babysitting woes are behind us.  And, even more so, I hope that when some desperate parent looks me in the eye and asks that threatening question “Do you have any good babysitters you can recommend?”, that I’ll be able to free myself from any instinctive babysitting hording that I might feel and pass along the info with love and willingness.  I may have to grit my teeth, but I think I can do it.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2006 at 7:45 am and is filed under Daily Living. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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