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Old 08-19-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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Hello! It's been a while since I have posted. We are looking for some recommendations for an occasional babysitter. Preferably it would be an older teenager that has experience babysitting and enjoys playing with children. My husband and I would like a night out occasionally but we have been unable to find a regular babysitter we can call on. We live near Lockwood Ridge and SR 70.

We've used Play Away and Kids Activity Center for the Kids Night Out, but those are only on Saturday nights. Great options, but somewhat limited in what we can do when we use them.

If you have an awesome babysitter, or know of someone, please send me a message with info...thanks!
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Try some of these places.

www.care.com

Child Care Provider Search - SansWrite Public Web Portal

www.sittercity.com
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Your are very close to me!! Wow! We've been on a mad search as well..with no luck. Our daughter is 6, we've found sitters but they either charge too much because they are "certified" or they don't have dependable transportation..ivetrid so e of the above sites mentioned but they want you to pay for their service..blah
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Did you try Craigslist? Some babysitters advertise on there. My stepdaughter put her own advertisement on Craigslist. She spoke with people over the phone. Then the one's she was interested in, she had them meet at her house for an interview and to meet her son. She asked for references and called the references. Then she hired someone.

Her most recent babysitter was going to sit after school but got another job and cancelled on her. The Karate place that she takes her son to is going to watch him after school. They walk to the bus and pick him up off the bus and take him into the Karate Center until my stepdaughter picks him up after she gets out of work.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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Thanks for the recommendations. No luck yet. It seems like all of the teenagers are too busy to babysit these days. Money comes much easier to them and working as a babysitter is probably not as appealing. When I was a teenager I babysat to earn money for college and weekend fun!

I just need an occasional sitter...not someone everyday at a certain time. My husband and I would like to enjoy a night out every once in a while.

Oobie, if I find anyone I will let you know!
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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The American Red Cross in Saraosta offers babysitting classes. Maybe you could contact them and they would have a list of sitters. Florida's West Coast Region - Take A Class - Register for Classes
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