Why I've Sworn Off Babysitters
I remember having two small children and needing so desperately to have time alone away from home. Unfortunately my track-record with babysitters is so bad, getting a “break” now only happens if Grandma is available. I’m already skittish enough about leaving my kids with anyone - so when I have a bad experience it just proves what my gut was saying all alone: don’t leave them!
By far the wost trouble I’ve had with babysitters seems to involve their boyfriends. Coming home to find our sitter and her man watching my recorded reality shows (and DELETING THEM before I could watch!) seemed like it was bad enough. But a new babysitter, well equipped with the “no boyfriends allowed in my house” rule, took the prize for Most Moxie of a Sitter. We returned home to find not only the boyfriend at our house, eating our food, flopped on our couch, blaring some action movie, but then discovered the babysitter had actually left. As in, the person I left in charge of my babies wasn’t there. Apparently the boyfriend wanted munchies and the sitter thought it fine to leave HIM with our kids since he “has totally babysat a ton”.
I always have a soft spot for a rebellious teen, because I *was* one. I get them. But I cannot get being rebellious when it comes to children. What do you think, am I being to strict? What rules do you give to the people who babysit for you?
We have other rules like nothing violent on TV, no computer time while we’re gone (for kids or the sitter) and no swimming (I have a sister who was a near drowning and I’m way too emotional about it to allow a teen to take my kids swimming). Better strict than sorry in some cases, right?