Kiss The Fiddler

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Babysitter Woes

I'm ready to be able to go out once in awhile with my wife, without Luken. So I'm looking for a baby sitter. Babysitters are everywhere. But finding a good one is harder than you might think.

Coupla weeks ago, Kara and I had a date planned. I had won tickets to hear a fun new band. I scheduled a young woman to babysit. I know her. She's a good kid. Just not all that responsible. The afternoon of the concert, I got a message on my facebook from her boyfriend saying that she couldn't babysit that night. What? I haven't been able to get ahold of her since. Too bad because Luken really likes her.

Today I called another young woman. She's 17 years old and doesn't have her own transportation. She doesn't know CPR or first aid. She charges $10/hr. And, get this, she wants to take Luken to church! Ok, really?

I am really struggling to come to terms with leaving my child in someone else's care. I want to protect him from the evils that are out there. I think, that given my history, it may be harder for me than it is for moms without an extensive abuse history. How do I know that the person I place my trust in won't hurt my child? It's so hard to trust. And talking to people like tonight's gal who want to take him to church does NOT help.




mama-san said...

Wow. What a horrible experience with babysitters.
10 dollars an hour!? Sara was only 9/hr and she ROCKED!
Most of my in town fiends had 18 year old sitters who were 7/hr. Guess it's tough cause you live in the beautiful Bitterroot.

So, not only is the one baby sitter offering to take Luken to her Church creepy, but it is SO LAME. Most Churches have daycare so she could drop him off and then go enjoy the service.

Thankfully good daycares in Missoula are easier to find than sitters. And abuse at a quality daycare is pretty rare/ non-existent given the nature of how good, accredited day cares are structured.

hint hint ;)

Love you! Good Luck with finding a good sitter, you deserve some fun with your sweet, kid free!

montanasnowbaby said...

If I were there, I would totally do it for you! I am becoming quite the babysitter extraordinaire!! I am in the process of picking up my THIRD babysitting job. Yikes.

Larkin Kavanaugh said...

we should figure out a way to trade once a month or something. and in stead of bringing the sitees, you and i should go to them. once a month i think in doable. lets talk.