Whether you are a working mom, a work at home mom, or a stay at home mom, you deserve a break. Quality childcare can be difficult to find, but Sittercity makes it easy.
Two growing trends place increasing stress on new mommies: we move further away from our families and, even when we live nearby, our own mothers are more likely to have their own jobs, interests, and obligations.
I love spending most of my day with Baby Diva, but I still occasionally need a break. As a work at home mom, I find I am having growing difficulty balancing my family’s needs, my work requirements, and my personal desires. With the first two making demands on my time, I have less time to care for myself. Taking care of your own need for relaxation and fulfillment will make you a more attentive wife, focused mother, and productive employee, but who has the time?
The solution is to hire childcare—whether you need to get work done, have a night out (with or without dad), or just hop into the shower sans infant or pop over to the grocery store minus a cranky toddler.
I must confess that I took a while to heed my own advice. Thank goodness Sittercity came to the rescue!
After logging in to Sittercity, it is very simple to add your information, post a job, or begin your search for babysitters, or pet sitters, too! Instead of sifting through e-mails and calls from people who happened to see your fliers, you can use Sittercity to search by distance, special qualifications (CPR, first aid, tutoring, etc.), availability, and much more in the comfort of your own home. You’ll have no trouble finding a sitter who matches your requirements.
Many sitters have already paid for background checks, which are posted with their profiles. If they do not have a background check, Sittercity allows you order an inexpensive check with the click of a button. Sittercity also allows you to see references and how other users have rated the sitter.
The site has some very helpful tools that add value to your membership. The rate calculator allows you to input your zip code, the number of children, and the age and experience level of the babysitter. You can use their interactive tool to leave instructions and emergency numbers for your sitter. There are also fact sheets on interview questions and the screening process.
I used Sittercity to find a baby sitter for Baby Diva. Without leaving my desk, I was able to find an organized, responsible, and kind sitter, with years of experience and CPR certification, who was actively looking for work. I used the Sittercity interview questions and screening checklist to make sure we were a match.
Within minutes of waking up from her nap, Baby Diva had become comfortable with her new friend. Once Baby Diva had settled in to play, I began to work and got a ton done!
Posting notices on bulletin boards, screening candidates that do not match your needs, and searching the Internet for information all take time—time you could be spending actually playing with your child, working, going out with your husband, practicing yoga, or taking the time to do whatever it is that relaxes you.
When you think about how valuable your time is, you’ll find that Sittercity is more than worth the subscription fee—and now Mamanista! readers can get 10% off. Looking for a babysitter? Sign-up to find the perfect sitter today at Sittercity.com and use code MNISTA to save!