Finding a summer babysitter may be just what you need. The kids are out of school, and you need someone to help watch them so you can get your work done. This can put many of us in a bind since this is strictly a summer position, and most professional caregivers only want to accept those who will be with them full-time. Below are some tips for finding a summer babysitter that will work well for you.
This one might sound odd, but there are reasons for it. First of all, you should never hire childcare you cannot fire without making Christmas dinner really, really uncomfortable. Second, babysitting is very different from just hanging out with your grandchild or niece, and it can get in the way of that special bond. For weekly outings and fun, absolutely give family plenty of time with the kids, but when it comes to daily care, hire someone else.
Teachers are off for the majority of summer, and they are experts at keeping kids busy and engaged. Not all teachers are up for taking summer jobs, but newer teachers who are on the low-end of the pay scale usually are. Another option are college students who are out for the summer, as well as those who have recently graduated. Once again, it is a good idea to target teachers. You can contact local schools of education and ask that they post your job listing in their common area or on their online platforms. Finally, there are plenty of responsible high school students who are looking to earn some cash and would be happy to keep the kids busy while you work.
Care.com, SitterCity, and others are great places to find professional care. Right now, there are lots of caregivers and nannies who have families that are out of town, and they would love to make some extra money helping you. Just be up front about the fact that this is not an ongoing job and you should be able to quickly find care.
Do you have a summer babysitter for your kids? Tell us about how you found him or her.