How to find a Date Night Babysitter? [+ Tips for Free Babysitters]
This the practical side of romance. How to find a babysitter for your date night? Can be a real party pooper if you have planned a fun night out and you don't have a babysitter. But first things first:
How to keep a good babysitter once you found oneThis may be one of the most overlooked aspects of having good babysitting at your disposal. Keeping the good ones. When I was younger, I babysitted a lot. Even as a student, it was a great revenue source. I could study while the kids were playing or went to bed. I even continued doing it while working on my startup from my computer. So I know a thing or two about what makes you motivated as a babysitter.
- Use your babysitter on a regular base. A babysitter will give priority to the family he/she gets most work from.
- Do date night on a specific day of the week so your babysitter knows he/she does not have to make plans for that day
- If possible try to do date night during the weekdays. Most parties for young people (babysitters) are during the weekend.
- Fix dates a couple of weeks in advance.
- See to it that there is something good to eat and drink for your babysitter (oh boy, I still remember that place that had great Thai food for me)
- If it gets late, let the babysitter sleep comfortably.
- Add them on Whatsapp. Send them a picture from the kids from time to time with a text like "the kids are also looking forward to date night now! Thanks to you" Everybody likes to be appreciated, even your babysitter!
- Pay them correct and on time. If it was a last minute emergency call, give a little extra. Next time you have an emergency they will be more motivated to help you out.
- Pro tip: Get yourself the latest game console and some blockbuster games. Some teenagers would even babysit for free to be able to play them.
Where can I find a Babysitter in my Area?Apps and websites should actually be your last resort to find a babysitter. These services are good if you really can't find someone in your proximity. Finding a babysitter in your community, family or neighbourhood will not only be more practical due to location, but you will also get more trustworthy people. Here are some other sources of babysitters that you may not have thought about
- Obvious ones are: Family, nephews, nieces, teenagers of the neighbours
- Remote workers, freelancers, writers, bloggers, internet marketers are people that can work on their laptop. For them, it is easy to do some work when the kids are playing, watching TV or sleeping. Young people who are just starting out their own business are great because they are looking for that extra income. So if you know a graphic designer, programmer or online marketer, ask them. Tell them you have good wifi and that you can work when the kids are sleeping.
- Talk to other parents at school with teenage kids that can babysit for you.
- Don't always think of a babysitter as someone young. Retired people are often glad that they can be of service and sad but true, a lot of retired people are struggling financially. Maybe they will be less active with your kids, but they can bring a lot of life knowledge.