Friday, April 18, 2008

Where have all the Sitter's gone?

In today's world, everyone needs to work. This is especially true for parents, whether they have one kid or four kids. Both parents need to work outside the home just to make ends meet and know that those babies are taken care of. I'm know that there are some out there that can make it on one income and kudo's to you. But, the majority of us have gotten so caught up with a certain standard of living that we refuse to give any of it up.

All this to ask, where are the babysitters? Sure, there are daycares out there but they all have a waiting list of about TWO YEARS.

I can remember when I was little and even when my oldest was a baby, having in-home sitters. Ladies that loved knowing they could care for someone else's baby in the comfort of their own home. They were a dime a dozen. It seemed as, (if this is even possible), there were too many.

Now, the wind has shifted because they are as scarce as a needle in the haystack.

I would rather have my teeth pulled then to hunt for a sitter. My sister currently keeps my children but she will soon be in college. So, I am faced with the horendous chore of finding someone to keep my babies. Two are in school full time, one will be in pre-school and then there is the rambunctious baby.

There are people all over Todd County that are in desperate need of a job, most people need a sitter so bad that they would just about pay any amount within reason, I know I'm one of them. I don't understand why more people aren't jumping on the opportunity to make a few bucks.

It's a win-win situation for everyone. We get babysitters and You get a paycheck. Why isn't more people in Todd County keeping children? I have always heard that it takes a village to raise a kid. The longer I search for a suitable caretaker, the harder it is to believe that.

Posted by Rosa.



Blogger Something to say said...

There are sitters around, but the days of just paying someone cash and not withholding for Social Security, Medicare, Federal/State Income taxes and even Todd County's Occupational taxes are over. It is an expensive thing.

If you think it is hard to find qualified baby and child caregivers, try finding caregivers for adults! The costs are skyrocketing!

The going rate seems to be about $10 an hour and many times the employer has to pay all of the withholding on top of the hourly rate.

I'm sorry that you are having problems with childcare, I really am, but I think you have dug yourself a deeper hole by posting this blog entry.

I wish you luck, I really do.

10:08 PM, April 20, 2008  

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