When you are a full-time single parent, finding a good babysitter is absolutely critical. And when you find a good babysitter you will do everything possible to keep her.
For several years I had the best babysitter ever! She lived right across the street and my children loved having her babysit. In fact...they would actually cheer with shouts of joy when I would announce that I was going out of town. Of course this wasn't too good for my self-esteem, but I was happy that they were happy.
Then the unthinkable happened...my babysitter went away to college!!! I'm partly to blame because I contributed greatly to her college fund, but that was six months ago and I am still struggling to find a replacement.
I'm not sure why finding a good babysitter is so difficult. Some of them have real jobs and don't need the money. Some are not responsible. Some have a very busy social life themselves. Whatever the reason, it makes my life even more stressful. Getting a break is very important for me, but I don't want to spend my time away worrying about my children.
Hopefully I can solve this babysitter dilemma soon because my birthday is coming up and I was hoping to get a little R&R. That isn't asking too much...is it?