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10 Reasons it’s Hard to Find a Sitter

Whether you want to plan a romantic evening out with your spouse or it’s an emergency situation, it can be really hard to find a sitter for the kids. Countless phone calls later frustration ensues as you fruitlessly attempt to find someone to watch the children for a few hours. Why does this have to be so darn difficult? Here are 10 reasons it’s hard to find a sitter.

  1. Kids are brats – Let’s face it. Your kids are monsters from hell and nobody wants to have anything to do with them. If you’re kids weren’t such brats it would be much easier for you to find a sitter.
  2. Competition – Another reason it’s hard to find a sitter is because you’re in competition with everyone else who needs to find a sitter too. Weekends and special events are when sitters are in demand. Either plan ahead or schedule your outings in off-peak times like weeknights.
  3. Demographics – Sometimes the demographics of your particular situation can make it more difficult to find a sitter. If you live in an area where there are more kids needing a sitter than there are ones available, you’re going to have a hard time finding one.
  4. Low pay – Babysitting is a low-paying, thankless job and it’s hard to find anyone willing to do it. You may need to up the ante to get a sitter or possibly provide some incentives like free pizza.
  5. Last minute – If you wait until the last minute to find a sitter you’re causing problems for yourself. Plan far enough ahead to get a sitter to commit and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.
  6. Bad reputation – The word has gotten around in babysitter circles that you’re not a good client. Perhaps you don’t pay well, stay out too late or are just sleazy and your bad reputation makes it hard for you to find a sitter.
  7. Bad timing – If there’s a big event in town that has everyone busy, you’re going to have a hard time finding a sitter. Trying to find a teenager to watch your kids on the night of a local rock concert is just bad timing.
  8. Few to choose from – If you only have three people on your list of potential sitters, you’re going to always have a hard time finding someone available when you need them. You may want to do some networking and expand your list.
  9. Bad neighborhood – Living in a bad part of town can be a big deterrent for potential sitters. Nobody wants to watch your kids if you live in a risky neighborhood.
  10. Too rural – Another problem could be that you live way out in the country. There may not be any sitters who live nearby and ones from town may not feel comfortable way out in the sticks.

If you continually have a hard time finding a sitter you may want to consider keeping one on retainer. Perhaps you could schedule a sitter on a regular basis to avoid scheduling conflicts. Maybe your children could use some behavior modification. Figure out what the problem is and take steps to correct it. Do whatever it takes because, for heavens sake, you have to get away from those kids once in awhile!