During last night’s #DadsRT twitter chat, we were talking about being able to get away with your spouse on a date night. As we rapid fired tweets, the topic of babysitting came up. For those of us who are unable to leave our children alone in the same room together let alone home alone, babysitting is a key element to having a date night. Because some of us have lacked babysitting services, we have forsaken date night.
How can you spend a night out with your sweetheart if you don’t have anyone to keep a close eye on the tiny people you are so quick to abandon for a night out as a couple? While I’ve joked in the past about duct taping them to their beds for a few hours, the reality is who has that much duct tape lying around the house for that sort of project?
We need babysitters.
But finding a babysitter can be a little like a 13th Century conquistador finding the Fountain of Youth. So how can parents, keen on a little alone time, find a babysitter? One you can trust, is affordable, and willing to spend a Saturday night with your kids so you don’t have to?