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Old 06-25-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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When my kids were little, our local "Y" had a teen job service. If you were looking for a babysitter, you could post with them.



I am clueless as to going rates these days. People do seem far more willing to pay a teen decent money to mow the lawn than to babysit the kids. The situation of a day care mom is different than occasional babysitting. Most day care moms have more than one kid in their charge, so they don't need to charge as much per hour. $10/hr is a good chunk of many people's paycheck.
This daycare doesnt have any kids ATM, she's still getting started (she comes to my house to babysit). Even when I used care.com i paid 10-15/hr.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Finland
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When I was a babysitter I only got a fiver or a tenner for the whole evening - no hourly rates for tightfisted Brits
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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College students are great.

And, despite what you think, so are many high school students. The Red Cross has a really great babysitting course that teaches teens what to do in the event of an emergency, et al. I'd call your local college or high school and see who they might recommend.
I agree that the Red Cross has a great course, although you still have to verify the references, experience, etc of each girl. When my children were younger our public library kept a file of girls who had taken the Red Cross babysitting class. I checked it out and was shocked to see that one of my cognitively disabled students (an 11 year old sixth grader) was listed as having taken the class and was available to babysit.

As her teacher, I didn't even feel that she was mature enough to safely spend more than a couple of hours home alone caring for herself and I didn't feel that she could safely care for another child. I discussed this with her mother and she agreed to remove her daughter's name from the list "until she was older".

I'm not saying this to scare anyone but just to let you know that it is very important to thoroughly check out anyone who you select to care for your children.

We always tried out first time sitters by having them care for our children for a few hours while we were home. That way they can ask any questions and we could see how they related to our children.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I am shocked that the library kept such a list open to the public!

Our church used to keep a list of names, then decided that was not a good idea. I believe they felt there was some sort of liability involved. The "Y" did not give out names, the person looking for a sitter had to post the job available, and a teen would call the poster.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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I agree that the Red Cross has a great course, although you still have to verify the references, experience, etc of each girl.

This struck me. Do we assume that only girls babysit?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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This struck me. Do we assume that only girls babysit?
I wouldn't hire a boy babysitter

personally.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I agree that the Red Cross has a great course, although you still have to verify the references, experience, etc of each girl. ...
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This struck me. Do we assume that only girls babysit?
Oops, my mistake. Although, in my area, babysitting is still about 95% (or more) female vs. male.

Teen boys are able to get more manual labor and physical type jobs such as lawn moving, helping with "fix-up" and "clean-up" projects, carrying heavy objects, painter, farming & construction "helpers", etc. In my area, manual labor gigs/jobs for teens are generally 90% or 95% male. BTW many of those "gigs" pay more and are more regular than babysitting jobs.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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This struck me. Do we assume that only girls babysit?
I could never get any boys to babysit. Back in the early, early days of my parenting (late 80s), I had some lists from a babysitting co-op I belonged to, which included some boys. None of them were ever interested.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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My ds babysat, but not many boys did and I think parents are even less likely to hire a boy now because they tend to stereotype boys. The best babysitters my kids had were boys because they played actively with the kids and for my son, having someone who would play sports things with him was great.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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I would look at Angie's List, High school counselor (they know who should NOT be watching other people's kids) or network with your friends. If you are going out with friends, see if their babysitter is interested in doubling up for more $ per hour. That worked out well for us for a number of times. Check your place of worship too.
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