Okay, so I am clueless. Completely clueless. In the 3 years and 3 months that we have been parents we have never actually paid anyone to look after our children whilst we go out and do something that doesn’t generate an income.
No, we don’t really have a life, but we do entertain at home. A lot.
So, we have friends coming down from Jozi (which reminds me, I didn’t manage to lose those pesky 20 kgs in the 3 weeks I’ve known that they were coming) So, I took the plunge and called someone who came highly recommended. And she quoted me R40 per hour, minimum R200. BUT she is mature (i.e. 34) and has worked with small children for many years. And with the dynamic in our house you need someone that knows what they are doing, an 18 year old is just going to cut it. So, once I got the shock of spending at least an additional 200 odd sa ront for an evening, I started thinking that’s it’s actually cool.
BUT, then of course I started angsting. What time should she come over, seeing as how my kids have never met her. Should we feed her supper as she’ll be here when we eat. Do I leave milk and cookies?
Please, any pointers would be welcome. I’m thinking that a good babysitter is like a good hairdresser, you don’t want to be pissing them off… (sorry Shazzie, but I think you’ll agree..)