Hey there Tuesday.
For this link up, you are supposed to chat about anything and everything. Well, in January, our topic was…
…about whether I should keep my home phone or not (and just rely on my iPhone) and I was OVERWHELMED with the response! Because all of my friends and family have ditched their landlines and solely rely on their cell phones, I just assumed you would all tell me to do the same…but you didn’t!! The masses weighed in on the conversation and presented a very convincing argument for keeping that darn landline. Annnnd…one of the most common reasons you ladies said to keep it was in case of an emergency if a sitter was at my house. And that my friends, leads me to today’s topic. After all of those babysitter comments, it made me realize that I’m probably not prepared at all for sitters in my house, so I thought today, we could “chat” about that.
A couple of things first:
Did you know that I worked my way through high school and college as a babysitter?
This is me with Ethan and Ellie Kate 🙂 . I babysat them for 8 years. In fact, one of the reasons, I picked the university I did was because it was closer to them…so I could keep my job and go to college.
Here we are a Disney World 🙂 . I was blessed to get to travel with them too. I’m in college here.
And of course, they were my flower girl and ring bearer when we got married.
Last week, we celebrated Ellie’s 18th birthday! What in the world?! Ethan is 21 and Ellie is 18…and therefore, I am incredibly old.
So, I know how to be a babysitter…but after reading your comments, I’m afraid I don’t know how to have a babysitter in my house.
We don’t use sitters often, so when we do, I feel like I’m always forgetting something when I leave her there with them. Even if we’re using a sitter we’ve used before, it’s probably been a while since we’ve used her, so it’s kind of like starting over. Every time we pull out of the driveway, I always think to myself, did I tell her everything? Did I make sure everything was available for her? Did I forget something? My head starts spinning and it’s pretty much at that moment that I start thinking “geez, it would be easier to stay home than have to remember everything I’m supposed to tell her”.
So, that is what I want to “chat” about today. What are some things you always do when you leave your kids with a sitter? What are your best tips? Best ideas? Anything and everything sitter related…I’m begging you to share today with the group. Just like with the home phone stuff last week, I’m sure you will bring a ton of clarity and information to the subject.