Like a lot of stay-at-home/work-at-home moms, I have the hardest time finding someone to watch my two kids for any reason. Like, when I have, say, a hair appointment, or want to run longer than 30 minutes, or just need to connect with adult humans for a bit, I need a sitter. Out of all the totally batsh*t things every mom does when looking for a babysitter, I have to say I've done them all. You get pretty desperate when your kids are 10 and under and everyone suddenly has plans the exact time your roots are coming in hot. Sometimes, in order to have a life outside of motherhood, we have to get creative.
When my daughter was just 3 years old (and I had yet to give birth to my son) my family of three moved to the small town my husband grew up in to be closer to his family. My family still resides a state away, and though we see them as often as we can, we moved to our current place in hopes of having a little more help for the aforementioned times above, when I needed to run a kid-free errand or spend some kid-free time to myself. Unfortunately, while we see my husband's family occasionally, it's not nearly as often as we'd like — or need. This makes for fun times at the salon, when I'm working through deadlines, and when my husband and I are in real need of a "special" date night.
I've done some wacky, batsh*t things to make sure my kids are taken care of (because I'm not going to leave them with just anybody), while I'm still able to get stuff done, but it comes at a price (mostly, my sanity). On that note, here's some of the things every mom does, including me, when looking for a sitter.