We're in an odd situation where, for the first time in dd's 10 years, we need to have someone sit for dd occasionally. This would be for things like p/t conferences, school meetings, days we both work, but dd is off school. We rarely go out as a couple even for dinner, as we enjoy doing things with dd, but that could be a time when we need someone, too. My mother passed earlier this month and she had lived with us most of dd's life, so dd has never had a sitter even once.
I honestly don't even know where to start looking for someone. All of my friends and co-workers are either childless, don't ever use babysitters, or have large enough families that there are older siblings who do the babysitting (eta: I asked about these older siblings sitting for dd, but the moms said that they have enough to do with just watching their siblings, so they don't do any outside babysitting). We don't go to church and dh has said that he doesn't know anyone from work that could help out. Dd's school is too far away to find someone older to sit for her from school. Right now the only thing I can think of is to ask a friend of mine who is a school bus driver to see if she drives any high schoolers that are responsible and would be available to sit, but dd doesn't go to the local school, so her schedule off school is different than theirs.
Do you just put an ad in the newspaper? That seems like it would attract a lot of weirdos plus we really need someone only occasionally with no regular hours. I have an idea of questions I would ask, but I imagine I haven't thought of everything. I'd appreciate any advice on that, as well. TIA!
Edited by velochic - 1/24/12 at 3:56am