I’m really proud to say that even though our lives are hectic and our daughter is a tad bit demanding, my husband and I have always been able to take a little time out for just the two of us. We put a lot of effort into making sure that we have time as a couple, to reconnect and to appreciate each other outside of our role as parents. And the only reason we get to do this on a regular basis is because we have the most fantastic, lovely, engaged teenage babysitter to ever walk the face of the planet.
Today, I’d like to write about just how much I appreciate our spectacular babysitter.
There are a number of stories I could tell to demonstrate just how truly fabulous Rachel is. Let’s just start with my favorite.
My husband and I came home after a long dinner and a few drinks with some close friends to find Rachel standing over a blanket of newspaper, our daughter intently staring at the babysitter’s feet. As I got closer, I realized that my child was attempting to paint Rachel’s toenails and doing a really horrible job at it. Rachel was giggling and assuring Brenna that her toes looked lovely.
It turns out that Brenna had asked to have her nails painted, only to want to return the favor. Rachel set out what was needed to make sure the episode didn’t get too messy and let our little one go to work. When I asked the girl what she was thinking, she brushed it off with an easy, “The stuff comes off!” She was right, and my daughter was having the time of her life! I never would’ve considered letting her paint my nails, and Brenna knew it. The whole thing was like a special secret between her and her babysitter.
We met Rachel through my daughter’s long-time daycare provider. Rachel had gone to the in-home daycare and continued to help out after school. My daughter was already familiar with her, which was admittedly a huge bonus.
But it’s really not just that Rachel lets our daughter do fun things that we would normally forbid. It’s not just that my daughter asks for Rachel to come over “and play,” though she does and I love it. This teenager is one of the best role models my daughter could have. She’s a polite, responsible young lady who gets good grades and participates in her school. She has a busy schedule, which some people might be annoyed to work around, but I find to be comforting. Most importantly, when she’s here, I know that Rachel is engaging with my daughter in a positive and playful manner.