QUOTE (EssentialBludger @ 08/12/2011, 02:28 PM)
No one. If we can't get any of our family (and there's lots of them, so it would be pretty odd if they were ALL busy), we don't go.
I will NEVER hire a babysitter from an agency or the like. I need to trust people with my children. I don't trust strangers.
VERY envious of your situation. We have next to no family support mostly due to distance. Mostly we use paid babysitters and also do swaps with other local parents. I would not be ale to run my business / follow my passions / have a decent social life/marriage otherwise.
QUOTE (Percoriel @ 08/12/2011, 03:12 PM)
We belong to a babysitting club - its fabulous! Basically its a group of families (about 15) who all know someone in the group - you have to be referred by someone who has known you for a while. We have a points system - one point for each hour before midnight and two for after. (I think its earlier during the week). We all now know each other quite well as we also have regular get togethers like bbqs, or park afternoons.
If you need a sitter, you just email the group and usually have a response within 24 hours - we've never not been able to get someone to sit our girls.
Without them we too would never go out - it has been a marriage saver for us
Plus my husband travels a lot for work so it means I can do things like sign up for a night course and not have to worry about missing a night if he is away.
That's a great idea. Might try and arrange something like that.
I don't quite get the concern about "strangers" The kids love it when our babysitter comes over. They see her like an older sister. She is way more fun and active than I am.