New Parent = No Time Together, Right?
When did you take your better half out for dinner the last time?
Let me guess, you're a new parent!?
With our first child, it took 21 months before we had a real night out. (It also took me 8 months to get a haircut after giving birth; don't know if that is a meaningful correlation... ;-)
Anyway, the reason we didn't go out together for such a long time was not that we had a sick child, one that refused eating solid foods, had severe colic or anything like that.
No, she actually loved baby food, slept heavily (well, when she was 1 year old) and was a very easygoing kid.
But we didn't have a babysitter.
Sure, we had my husband's sister (with three kids of her own and a business to run) and his mom (almost 80 years old and with severe back pain).
But no sitter that we relied on and that we felt that we could ask without feeling guilty. Relied on. That's the key.
We thought about advertising in the newspapers, but then you read about all nutcases walking around. I don't want a disguised lunatic anywhere near my child.
So we waited. 21 months...
But there are better ways! And one we use now. There are agencies that take care of the lunatic risk for you. Babysitter agencies that do the interviewing, scanning of criminal records and maybe best of all - allow parents to rate and comment on different sitters and their qualities.
Finally a safe way to get some quality time with your hubby!
Check out America's largest babysitter agency here. You can try them for free for 7 days.
I had thoughts like: "What if she is crazy?" "Maybe she is a mad murderer or a child molester??"
I even did my own research on Internet... (I am quite ashamed now of my thoughts, because she is actually WONDERFUL!!!) And our kids don't cry when we say that we are going out - or well they almost cry out of happiness to be with their beloved sitter. So it is all great!
Now, go get your own sitter! For a quick check, (if you live in the US), write your zip code in the form to the left to find out if SitterCity has sitters in your area.
Now, that's one excuse less for not spending time together even if you are new parents! (And if you need tips on how to choose the right baby sitter, you'll find a check list here.)
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