Valentine’s Day is coming up. Any holiday can be a busy and stressful time. You can be rushed trying to find the perfect gift for your wife or husband, and you forgot to contact a babysitter. If you are hoping to spend some time away from the kids, you will need to find a sitter. Here are some tips on how to find the right sitter for your special date night.
Ask Grandma or Grandpa
Who else better to care for your children other than your parents? Trust is already instilled in your parents to take care of your children. The younger the children are, the less stress it will be to have your parents take care of your kids. This opportunity will provide less stress and quality time spent with Grandma and Grandpa. By having grandparents watch the kids, the family dynamics are still positive for everyone involved.
Start Your Search Early
If you know that you are planning on having a special date night this upcoming holiday, it never hurts to start your search for a sitter a little early. Holidays are a very busy time in each month, so most likely, sitters are creating plans or booking other parents too! It never hurts to prepare and plan ahead of schedule.
Contact People in Your Neighborhood.
Another method of finding a sitter in a time crunch is to think outside the box. Think of a well-suited mature teenager that would be able to care for your child. Maybe there is a family friend or person from your church who would be willing to help. When it comes to a time in need, keep in mind that there is a community that is always there for you.
Believe it or not, there are tons of ways you can find babysitters online. Some services even have apps for your smartphone. Care.com and Urbansitter are great apps for families who may be looking for a sitter. Care.com is known to be a service like Match.com except the audience is parents and sitters. On Care.com, you create a profile of your family (how many kids, how old, and other details pertaining to family) and the interested sitters get back with you by messaging you. Care.com and Urbansitter are safe services. Care.com has features such as rate calculators, and great information regarding potential candidates. Urbansitter even provides background checks for potential candidates as well. How awesome is that?
Find a Different Day
If it turns out you cannot find a sitter for your date night, there are always other opportunities. You can always celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day if you want alone time with your partner.
If you can’t have that special alone time, do not be afraid to include your children. Celebrate love together as a family, because after all, family is love.
Find a Different Day.