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I think some of you have met my manny…

That’s my dad and he helps me with the kids four days a week.

I also have a part-time babysitter who is a teacher and is going back to school. So sadly this is her last week.  She’s a very sweet, 25 year-old who recently got married. I’m pretty sure the experience of taking care of my four children for the last few months has significantly delayed her plans to start a family.

So we are back to interviewing potential babysitters. I don’t think of these so much as interviews but rather 20 minutes of free child care. “Hi. Great to meet you. Come in. Sit down. Hold a baby. Tell us a little about yourself.”

I really liked the first girl we interviewed. But Rick wasn’t so sure.

During the interview, Dylan hurt her foot and the babysitter successfully pinpointed the culprit – picking up a small, spinning top off the ground. Yahoo! We found a good sitter. Safety is her number one concern. But then Rick noticed that she inexplicably put it back on the carpet, in the same spot with the sharp end up. Interesting move during a job interview.

Maybe she thinks we keep it in the middle of the carpet and she was just trying to be tidy and put it away?

Maybe she was nervous and didn’t realize what she was doing?

Maybe she was drunk. Although admittedly, not a great sign either.

We decided to check her references anyway. Because perhaps she would have glowing references, we’d hire her, she’d be wonderful and we’d laugh about the “spinning top” incident for years.

Except she never sent those references or followed up with us again.

Apparently, we scared her off in one interview.

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13 Responses to searching for a sitter… again.

  • Steph says:

    I had good luck with the local university website. I posted the job on the university’s job bank and specified I wanted an early education major. Good luck!

  • LT says:

    Is your manny staying? Good luck with the search. Trying to look on the bright side for you – maybe you are too tired to stress too much about it? XOXO

  • I love that your dad is so hands on–there aren’t many grandpas like that these days.
    I have a great babysitter for the occasions far and few between that my hubby and i are able to go out, her name is Grandma and she’s free and loves my baby more than anyone else (next to me and my hubby). The only catch is that Grandma has 8 other grandkids and it’s important that she gets time for herself as well. I have a couple of other girls that have babysat, they go to the nearby college but there is a comfort factor that just hasn’t been met yet. Am i being to picky? My son is only a year–what are the criteria i should be looking for in a babysitter?

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