5 Ways to Find a Good Babysitter

Set scene: date night is approaching, and your favorite babysitter has already been snagged by the couple down the street.  You have been looking forward to this night all week, so now you need to find another babysitter (gasp). So, how exactly do you get another great babysitter that you can trust?  Rest easy!  We’ve asked our Mom readers and compiled the top five ways they find babysitters.

  1. Darn you Facebook

We love to hate it, and a curse, and blame it for all our problems, but it’s so dang handy.  When you need a trusted recommendation for a babysitter, only asking on FB is a great way to get a list going.  Most Moms love sharing their favorite go-to sitter, so ask away and take notes!

  1. Double Date Night

We all have that friend that seems to have some secret babysitter. You know, the friend that refuses to say who she uses so she can keep her all to herself.  Yeah, they exist.  So how do you get them to give you a name and number?  Well, you plan a double date with her and her husband, of course!  And of course, your sitter will be busy, so they’ll quickly offer up their secret weapon.  A little sneaky? Sure, but we all know how much better date night is with the best sitter!

  1. Sittercity

Oh yeah, we’ve all done this one time or two.  We jump onto Google or an app and try to find reviews on local babysitters and get frustrated and freaked out and think “what are we doing” or “am I going to let a stranger watch my kid?” Well, guess what. Sittercity is a reliable source to find great sitters, check out the Sittercity reviews by Cribsters.

  1. Call the local church

You don’t have to be a believer to take advantage of this service. Most churches have a list of the kids that are highly recommended for babysitting, and they typically require the sitters to be CPR certified and demand that they’ve taken a class.  So don’t be shy, call that church and get some phone numbers!  (and don’t worry, most sitters won’t chant over your kids while they anoint them with oil)

  1. Call Grandma

Not all of us have this luxury, but if you do- for all that is holy and right call Grandma!  Why?  Because Grandma always offers sleep over because “why not.”  You know exactly how she’ll care for them, and know that if the kids get sick- they are exactly where they should be!  So call your Mom!  Let her spoil the Grandkids and have some fun!

Now- plan that hot date with your man, and get yourself a babysitter!

Daddy is a Superhero

daddyisasuperheroAyden and Michaiah loved superheroes. They loved Superman and Batman and the Fantastic Four and dozens and dozens more. They rooms were overflowing with action figures, and comic books of all of the most amazing superheroes in the imaginary world and they knew their names and their stories to the tiniest little detail.

” Tell me the favorite thing you like about a superhero.” Mommy faced them as they settled in for their evening devotionals.

” Well,” Ayden started. “They always defeat evil. Evil monsters and people who want to hurt innocent people are always wiped out by superheroes when they use their superhuman powers.” He said making punching thrusts into the air sitting on the couch with mommy in his footy pajamas.

” What I like is that superheroes are never afraid and always know what to do,” Brandon added looking into space like he could see his favorite superhero right there in front of him.

” Well, I am going to tell you of a real superhero that you live with. We will call him SUPERDADDY.” Mommy said happily.

The boys burst into laughter. They thought of their daddy as someone who sat at his computer working, a shy gentleman with his hair starting to go away. “Daddy isn’t a superhero!” They said together.

” Well right after you boys were born, daddy and I received Jesus, and now Jesus is in our hearts. You know that don’t you.” Mommy said, and both boys nodded.

” Well, Satan didn’t want us to have beautiful boys like you who would be raised to serve God. One day, daddy got up, and in his spiritual eyes, he saw the house was full of evil creatures lurking around trying to find ways to stop God from doing His will in our lives. Suddenly from far away, daddy heard the trumpet call coming from heaven that was going to have war with Satan and his demons to defeat them.swrd01c

Right away daddy puts on his superhero armor. He used a sword, the word of God. And the breastplate of righteousness. Our living room was changed into a huge battleground between Satan and God’s servants. Your daddy led the attack charging forward shouting the battle cry. “IN THE OF JESUS.”

The enemy tried to attack. They swarmed around him. Oh, they were nasty and ugly little evil things. They were angels who fell with Satan and demons and evil spirits like Jesus cast out of people in the Bible.”

” Oh mommy, I would be so scared to see demons like that.” Michaiah said his voice was quivering thinking of how brave SUPERDADDY must have been.

” Well SUPERDADDY was filled with the Holy Spirit so he had the boldness of God in him.” Mommy continued. “He stabbed with the word of God’s word sending the demons howling from the battle. Once an army of evil things tried to attack our family and daddy used the super weapon of praise. Raising his mighty sword into the air, he sang the praises of Jesus and the evil spirits ran in fear from him. The fire of the Holy Spirit like we read about in Acts was shooting from daddy’s sword and the ends of his fingers because he was full of God’s power and anointing to fight evil. Finally, SUPERDADDY stood face to face with the prince of all that was evil himself.

” The devil himself? How could daddy fight him?” Ayden said petrified thinking of the daddy he loved facing the evilest thing in the universe.

” Well that’s because your father is not only brave and vigorous and full of the superpowers of the Holy Spirit, but he also knows who he serves. He knew he could count on his Lord to back him up. He pulled the sword of the word out and declared. “AT THE OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW.”

“Just then daddy stepped aside and knelt putting his head covered with his helmet to his sword. From behind him Jesus stepped up and cast Satan away. Jesus spoke the word of God and banished the evil one from the battle and our home forever. Then he put a barrier of protection around us so we can live here in peace and worship God and so daddy and I can raise you little stinkers to become mighty men of God just like daddy.” Mommy finished the story tickling Brandon and Sean and making them giggle.

“Oh now, you telling that old story of the battle with Satan again?” Daddy said walking through and smiling seeing his family playing together.

“Daddy we want to be superheroes just like you!” Michaiah shouted jumping up to him for a hug.

“You learn the Bible, and how to pray and all the lessons you will learn at church and Sunday School and Jesus will use you boys to battle evil too. Just you wait and see.” Daddy said hugging them goodnight. The boys watched daddy the superhero walk away. To their eyes, he was just a regular dad, but even then, as he walked off, they thought they saw small flames shoot from his fingers.