If you’re anything like I am, by the time Friday rolls around, I’m ready for a night away from the kids! It’s time to call up the babysitter and head out on the town with my significant other for a little R and R!
You know what I mean?
We’ve actually made a habit out of it. Every week, we take the time to go out on a date, just the two of us, without the kids. It’s an extremely healthy, relationship building habit to adapt, and if you’re not doing it already, or something close to it, I highly recommend it. You and your spouse absolutely deserve it.
So, for those of you who are going on regular dates with your spouse, what do you do for a babysitter?
As for Amy and I, we have my parents and each of us has a sister who all live in the same town. So whenever we need a babysitter, most of the time, our kids end up going to Grandma’s house.
You might already be doing the same. But for many, it’s not always that easy. And that’s where the word, “Babysitter” comes into play.
We’ve been there! When you live in an area away from family, sometimes finding a babysitter can be tough. We all know the horror stories of the babysitters who do nothing but chew bubblegum and chat on the phone with their friends instead of actually watching your kids. And believe it or not, that still happens, and some parents are oblivious to it. Just because someone is nice doesn’t mean they’re a good babysitter.
When we lived in a small town called Pinetop, here in Arizona, we lucked out and had some pretty good babysitters. They lived just across the street from us, so if they needed anything, they could always call on their parents for immediate help. Most of the time, when we arrived home from our date, not only were they interacting with our kids, but the dishes were done.
Here are a few questions to think about when choosing a babysitter:
- Does she know who to call if something happens?
- Does she have any experience?
- What are her parents like?
- Does she do well in school?
- Does she attend church regularly?
- Is she even good with kids?
Here’s another question you can ask yourself, a little more on the serious side:
If the need arises, does she know how to handle a gun?
If you trust your babysitter enough, have approval from her parents and feel comfortable with it yourself, tell them where they can find your pistol should the need arise. Most teenage girls have no desire to handle a weapon, but wouldn’t you feel a little more secure if your babysitter knew how to handle a gun?
This is kind of the same concept of allowing our children’s teachers at school carry weapons.
With that said, here’s a picture of Chynna, who was our babysitter once upon a time. She’s since grown up a bit and is doing some modeling (obviously), but it’s nice to know that she can handle a weapon should the need be. I’m not quite sure if she knew how to back then, but my guess is she probably did.
So if you’re looking for a model, actress or a nanny, who knows how to handle a weapon, she comes highly recommended.