Good morning! I am checking in a bit later than usual today because I haven’t quite mastered the pre-write-posts skill for the mornings when I am on FOX News Rising. Today Derek and I made homemade fruit rollups. My blender was a little slow to work, but the most important part is that these fruit treats are REALLY good and completely natural. I left empty-handed after they were eaten up by the crew. Success!
I’ll also post the recipe here soon!
Switching gears a little bit from food brain to mom mind, I wanted your thoughts on a subject I’ve been cogitating on recently- babysitters.
I started babysitting around age 12. It was for my next door neighbor’s new baby boy, Daniel, and he was such a cutie! That started my sitting ‘career’ and I went on to watch other children and even somewhat ‘nanny’ kids during the summer. I remember feeling honored that adults trusted me. Given, I am a bit of a people-pleaser by nature, but I really gave my best effort towards childcare. Babysitting, to me, involved the following-
- basic childcare (diapers, bottles, snuggling, discipline, etc)
- engagement (playing WITH the kids, not watching tv while the kids are in the other room)
- help with dinner (I certainly didn’t cook, but heating up or plating whatever the parents told me to)
- clean up after dinner (washing plates, wiping down table or highchair, rinsing bottles)
- picking up once the kids were down
I thought this was just what a babysitter did. I didn’t do laundry or vacuum the living room by any means, but I felt a little straightening up was expected.
Once the kiddos were asleep, I watched my fair share of SNICK (oh how I loved Are You Afraid of the Dark), but focused on outside play while I was ‘actively’ sitting.
Now that I’m a parent myself, I expect the same from Hailey’s sitters. I’ve lucked out and found some really great ones, but I’ve also come across (in my own experience and through hearing friends’ stories) sitters that do little more than play on their phones and leave dirty dishes in the sink.
It got me thinking, are my expectations unreasonable? I feel sitters are paid decent money (anywhere from $10-$15 per hour when I surveyed my friends) and it isn’t unreasonable to hope they wash a child’s plate after dinner.
I know a lot of you have family nearby (you lucky ducks!) and I imagine expectations are different for those situations.
But overall, what do you expect from your sitter?
Do you outline your expectations with them clearly up front?