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Moms of 3 or More Do you have 3 or more children? Often times, parents with 3 or more kids face challenges that those of 1 or 2 just do not. This board was set up for those parents to ask others how they cope with issues such as making time for each child, who stays u

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Old 01-09-2002, 09:56 AM
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I need a sitter!

Where do the rest of you find someone crazy enough to sit for 3 or more kids?

Do you split up your own kids?


College kids?

High School neighbors?

Other moms?

I miss eating out alone with my hubby!

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Old 06-15-2002, 03:02 PM
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chuckle Need a sitter?

Hi Kelly-
I am in the same boat as you. We have 3 children (6,4& almost 2yo) and my husband and I have taken to getting a sitter to go shopping or whatever, just the two of us for sanity's sake. I have had good luck with using several girls from our neighborhood. One is 12, the other is 14 yo. I began by "training" them while I was home and around to see how they handled the 3 kids. Amazing what you can quietly observe w/o being noticed! Once my confidence was built up we began leaving them for a short time and built from there. It really is a different ballgame for sitters when there are more than 2 kids and you need to be sure they can handle it alone. We actually have more confidence in the 12yo set than the older ones (for various reasons)and they seem to take it more seriously. Try checking local churches or places where babysitting classes are offered. The best way though is still word of mouth-ask, ask, ask!! Good Luck!!
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We usually know the parents or their children are friends with our children and they have an older sibling. I try to pick "mature for their age" kids who are about 13 or 14. Older teenagers don't play with the kids or they spend the night talking on the phone.

I always leave a detailed list with snack-time, bed-time, how many books to read before bed, what they can eat, phone numbers of where we're going, etc.

And then the next day, I ask lots of questions. What did you do? What did you eat for snack (although you can usually tell that)? We've had a couple of dingbats, but overall our kids have loved the babysitters they've had.

Good luck!
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Old 06-15-2002, 08:03 PM
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Boy do I remember those days all to well! I would pray someone would offer to help me out
It wasnt till we went from 5 children down to 1, that someone told me about friends baby sitting for eachother. :mad: (a bit late)
One week my house, next week your house....
with the high cost of sitters today, once your done paying the sitter....nothing left to spend......

Well good luck!


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I've been lucky...the high school girls we've used have been great! Some I've gotten as junior high girls and we only went on short trips and they grew into the job but by the time they reach senior year they have more activities and get hard to get!

I've always known the parents or about them also. You know they like kids when they say hi to the kids and talk to them when they are other places and we see them! I agree with the suggestions about good lists and trial either with you there (especially with babies & toddleres) or a short time span!
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Old 08-23-2002, 06:42 AM
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Just curious, but what is the going rate for sitters these days? I am thinking of calling these 2 h.s girld that advertised in the paper that they sit, and I would like to compare what they are asking before I call them! Thanks!
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Old 08-23-2002, 07:30 AM
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Babysitter Blues

I live in a small town and I could not find a babysitter for the summer. I put out word of mouth (travels fast in small towns) I put up a flier in the local store. No replys, no offers. It seems to me that teenagers don't like to earn thier money babysitting anymore. That is the way that I earned my spending money when I was a teen. Luckily for me, I have a teenage son who agreed to babysit his little brother and sister for the summer.(ages 5 and 2). By the time school started he was very ready to go back to school and stop babysitting. He has already told me to count him out as a babysitter next summer!! Guess I will have to start searching now for a babysitter to watch the little ones next summer. I wish that I had some great advice but I am in the same boat as you!!

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Old 09-19-2002, 05:50 PM
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I found a babysitter!! She starts Monday and she even lives within 3 blocks of me!!

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I relied on family. My own mom, my husbands mom, my oldest sister, and my SIL babysat for us lots, and on top of family, I also had two great younger neighbourhood babysitters I relied on. One, a teen, and the other in her 20's.

Towards the end, when I still occasionally used the two neighbourhood girls, we had four kids, and aside from all that four kids bring to the table of a babysitter, there was bottles to prepare, diapers to change (cloth diapers, pins, and rubber pants), no Pampers in our house... LOL... and whatever else the kids could throw at them, and throw they did!

I often dealt with bad behaviour the morning after, waiting for my husband to get out the door first (for work), before I went to work dressing-down and warming the bottoms of those who were foolish enough to misbehave while a sitter was in-house.

Looking back on my own babysitting days (the olden days), I remember babysitting and caring for multiples, up to six kids at a time, sometimes two and three in diapers, and by no means did the number of children have any sort of ill-effect on me accepting babysitting work at a home with multiples.

And, as any olden day babysitter remembers, we had more clout and authority back then... at least I sure did, and I didn't hesitate to wield my powers when needed. I administered many a spanking long before having children of my own, so it wasn't as if I was strapped or restricted in the methods I was allowed to exercise to bring order and peace to a home where I was sitting, which of course made things much more easy, unlike today, where babysitters can't do this, and babysitters can't do that.
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This is a very good question. I live in a new town and moved here 4 years ago. I've been busy working and taking exams to get my license and haven't had time to get to know people. Thankfully, mine are now old enough to stay alone as long as I'm not gone too far and too long. I wouldn't leave them overnight. Is anyone else as picky as I am about who sits for their children?

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