Tonight is the Annual Christmas Party for my work. This year my husband was actually home so I decided I would go.
However, to find a sitter for our son. I am a rather high maintenance parent when it comes to baby sitters. My background of course is Pediatric Intensive Care and Emergency and as such I think I have seen or heard of every possible thing that can go wrong with children and the incompetent people who were caring for these children. I have only hired a baby sitter a couple of times in almost 10 years and these sitters have either been teachers or Registered Nurses.
Recently a colleague of mine informed me that her daughter had recently taken (and passed) her babysitter course. The mother seems really responsible, so I decided to take a chance on the daughter to babysit, I should also add that my son is now almost 10, and knows how to activate the emergency panels through the house, so I thought it should be alright.
Well, I have to say I am quite happy with this girl. She brought board games to play, made popcorn while they watched a Christmas movie, and brought with her a kit to make:
My son was thrilled!!! He had so much fun.
So, now I am a believer in finding a babysitter that is not a full fledged licensed professional, just interview well, and hopefully you have a good network of people around you.
Hope this inspires your own creativity...