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Finding a Babysitter: Then and Now

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When I first quit my job to stay at home with my kids, I put an ad on Care.com to find a babysitter. I was hoping to find someone available during the day should I need to go to the doctor or want a little alone time during the transition from working to staying home.

Every person that applied to my ad kept saying, “I love to sing and dance.”

And I would think – Hmmm…. that is really weird. Who cares?

Well – turns out, I specified in my ad that the person coming to watch my kids MUST LOVE TO SING AND DANCE.

Seriously.

I even put it in all caps.

I also said something about feeding them healthy food and not letting them watch television.

I’m lucky that even a single person applied to that ad.

Nearly two years later, my ad would look something like this:

Looking for a Babysitter

Looking for a sitter with more patience than GOD that thinks she can handle my three kids.

Miles is obsessed with trash, Alice likes to “pretend” that someone wiped her bottom and Simon refuses to walk but loves to climb on the couch or the coffee table or whatever he can find.

Sitter should not have an aversion to poop, puke or snot and must be willing to accept unhealthy living conditions and not report me to child services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Taking Alice to her pretend ballet class several times a day
  • Following the garbage truck around the neighborhood for several hours on trash day
  • Promptly cleaning up every time Big Hairy Dog gets in the trash
  • Figuring out what number comes after “eleventeen

Television watching is completely optional. Feed them whatever you want. Let them watch whatever they want. Sing if you really want to. I don’t care.

Just keep them alive until I get home.

And whatever you do – don’t put my butter in the fridge.

14 Comments

  1. Abbey

    May 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Bahahaha 🙂 I heart you!!!! Too funny, Anna.

  2. Delilah

    May 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hahaha! I totally relate. My 19 mo old has learned to climb. My entire day revolves around dragging her off the couches and chairs. It’s exhausting.

  3. Gwen

    May 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I can’t read your post b/c the ad on the left is covering up half of it! Is it you or me?

  4. Gwen

    May 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Ok… after I commented the ads disappeared… weirdo.

    I agree…keep them alive. But now my oldest is a built in babysitter…holla!

  5. Steph at The Healthy Mom

    May 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    It’s funny how we lower our standards as we get deeper and deeper into the pit of parenthood. Just keep them alive. What more can we ask for?

  6. Paige Kellerman

    May 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Agree 100% to the updated add. I have to wonder about the people who answered with “I love to sing and dance”….and watch children? Really? Something’s just not right there, unless Mary Poppins is still alive. But I could swear I heard she passed away in a freak chimney accident ages ago.

  7. Michelle

    May 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    “Keep them alive until I get home?” That’d be one of my top criteria — right under “keep yourself alive until I get home!” 🙂

  8. Ginny Marie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Love it! I, too, must have the butter out of the fridge. 😉

    Glad I found you through BlogFrog!

  9. Jerrah

    May 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Babysitter is very important especially when we are working and our husband is also working.. I just love this post here!

  10. Ella

    May 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I have to wonder about the people who answered with “I love to sing and dance”….and watch children? Really?

  11. Chrissy

    May 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Bahaha! Love the butter comment! It must stay out of the fridge. Great post!

  12. Becky

    May 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Sitting on my couch, alone, laughing out loud.
    If I lived close I would offer to babysit any time. My 16 mo would be totally mesmerized by your triple serving of hilarity.
    I only hope my kid(s) are as funny as yours someday.

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  14. Kristine Miller

    November 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Bahahah. I remember when I was pregnant with my first I would regulate tv to barely nothing and I would listen to everything that came out of his precious mouth. Now I interrupt him to tell him to watch the tv haha

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