Those Canadian Tire commercials are the first hint that the holiday season will soon be upon us and you know what that means: the babysitter scramble.
Now that my daughter is turning five and is in control of her bladder we have a stable supply of teenage babysitters. How did I find them? Asking around; keeping an eagle eye on when the girls on my street turned 13; some low-level stalking of kid-friendly girls at local stores, camps and a little bit of sitter-poaching from neighbours.
For the next two months it is a babysitter’s market, even the so-so ones are busy on Saturday nights. And since your social life depends on a babysitter you need to have a strategy. My strategy has to do with cable, homemade chocolate chip cookies and rounding up when I pay.
Recently, my friend, the awesome Theresa Albert, who is the mother of a very in-demand babysitter sent me a list of dos and don’ts when trying to sell yourself to a sitter. Theresa says:
We learned the hard way that there are other things that put us in the “preferred client” category and won us the top Saturday night spot. You don’t have to make the same mistakes. Now that my daughter is the coveted sitter I understand the arrangement from both ends and can get you to the head of the sitter pursuit pack.
Here are some of her tips: