My Teen Babysitter Is Worth Her Weight In Gold & I’m Willing To Pay Her Accordingly

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Honestly, there are times that I look at our babysitter and think that she might be my role model too. She keeps our daughter in line without making it feel negative. She makes their activities fun, but still manages to work in an educational aspect. She has the patience of a saint. She’s the mom I want to be.

A good babysitter has the ability to brighten up a house. She gives parents a guilt-free chance to get out and have adult time. She gives kids a friend, who is close enough to their age that they relate to each other, but mature enough to still be an authority figure. (I’m saying “she” because my awesome babysitter happens to be a girl, but there’s no doubt that teenage boys could be amazing sitters as well!)

Considering what a Midwestern teenage babysitter is normally paid, we probably give Rachel more than is necessary. I tip often and generously, more than double what I would give any other sitter. And I don’t hesitate to do so at all. This girl is worth her weight in gold.

As my daughter gets older, I hope that Rachel will still be able to come help us out. I hope that she’ll continue to build a relationship with my daughter. I love the idea of Brenna having a cool, older girl to confide in.

And for all of you jealous mommas out there, I hope that you find your own Rachel. I hope you get the chance to really sit down and get to know that teenager who spends their Saturday nights letting you watch rated-R movies and drink martinis. Get to know that kid and then let them know how much you appreciate them!

There are a hundred stories of babysitters gone bad. We all know that kid who has friends over after bedtime or sneaks into the parents liquor cabinet. Let’s have a little acknowledgement of the awesome sitters who just enjoy playing with our little ones, or at least do an amazing job of pretending to. Let’s all give a big cheer for Rachel and every other sitter like her!

(Photo: auremar/Shutterstock)

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  1. Justme

    January 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Sigh. I had a teenage baby-sitter for my daughter who was this lovely. She only lived two houses down from us and I had coached both her and two of her siblings. She was trustworthy, patient and simply delightful. And then she and her family moved. 🙁 I cried.

    • LindsayCross

      January 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      I would sob!

    • Justme

      January 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      I did. She did. Her mother did. It was awful.

      I mean, I teach middle school so I can easily find another one but I really thought I had found my daughter’s “forever” sitter.

    • LindsayCross

      January 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

      That is so sad! I’m sorry! I hope you find another awesome sitter soon.

  2. kate

    January 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I wish we could afford one! after paying a sitter, id have nothing left for the date. lol. Im glad you guys are able to swing it!

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    January 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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