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If you are single and your kids are in day care, what are the ways you cover for gaps in care, e.g., sick days, evening meetings? How many back-ups do you need? How did you select them?”

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  • Are you near a college or university? I've had good luck running an ad with the local college(s). also, have you mentioned this to the day care workers? sometimes they are up for a little extra hours of babysitting. Or you could ask the parents if they have any recommendations. Like Britt, I've found two fantastic sitters via a classified ad (and I'm embarrassed to tell people too). Of course, we did and I'd recommend that you do your own background check and reference check on anyone.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by ree on 7th October 2009

  • I'm embarrassed to say this, but we found our sitter on Craigslist. We ADORE her.

    Of course, I had to wade through a lot of crap via phone calls and face to face meetings to get to the right one, but I didn't have many options because we knew NO ONE here.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Miss Britt on 7th October 2009

  • Sick days I don't try to adjust I use sick leave to cover. It helps that my company specifically includes "sick spouse or dependant" in its acceptable use of sick leave.
    Evening meetings I try very hard to schedule. I use a part-time person to pick up the slack 2 days a week and try to say, "Tuesday is booked, can you do Wednesday?"
    When it all fails I have a wonderful best friend who will run over and grab my child if she's home.
    If it all falls through, my only recourse is to call a teleconference from home (while sending my child to the television with admonition to be silent).

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mich on 7th October 2009

  • Before, our nanny would adjust her schedule for evening meetings, etc. Now, she has a full-time job, so she is only available on weekends. I have a sister who's unemployed, but she lives over an hour away (as do all my other relatives). I have a neighbor whose grandkid plays with my kids, but her grandkid has immunity issues, so sick days would be a problem (I haven't asked her about evenings yet). My kids' daycare teachers all either work multiple jobs/attend school, or are very pregnant and have their own kids. There are teens next door, but since they have never so much as said "hello" to my kids, I don't see them as the nurturing type. I have put an ad on a babysitter website and gotten a few leads. I am not thrilled with the idea of bringing a total stranger into my house, but I feel I ought to line up at least 2 or 3, to make sure at least one is available when I really need someone. What do others' backup systems look like?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SKL on 6th October 2009