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Hi mamas,<br><br>
I recently returned to the part-time workforce this fall. I'm teaching part time in the afternoons (2-4:30 pm, M-thurs.). I have a 14 month old ds, a 3 year old dd, and a 6 year old dd.<br><br>
3 year old gets home at 2:15, and 6 year old gets home at 4:15. I'm usually in the door by 4:35 or 4:45 pm.<br><br>
I'm doing this to pay tuition for my first grader at a private religious school. Public school is not an option for us at all. Homeschooling is a definite possibility, however right now she enjoys school a lot and I feel committed to the job I took for the year. I'm teaching 6th grade (LA & Social Studies).<br><br>
I had a babysitter coming 2-5pm. I need someone in the house b/c dd1 gets off the bus at 4:15 and someone needs to meet the bus. The district/bus company won't change the stop (i.e. if she were to be dropped at an after-school care or something). I fired said babysitter last night after dd1 told me she was being verbally mistreated (obviously those weren't her words...she was crying, etc. and being mimicked, mocked, etc.). Dd1 doesn't make things up, and she's a very social and outgoing girl and generally loves babysitters...if she is unhappy, there's a good reason. Plus now I understand dd2's reticence about the babysitter (she would be lying on the couch when i came home, twirling her hair and sucking her binky staring at a video) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm heartsick over it and having a terrible time finding someone responsible and kind to take a parttime job (they want full time). My only real remaining choices are:<br>
1) take ds to an in-home daycare and have dd2 dropped there after preschool; dd1 would have to get off at a friend's busstop and stay for 20 mins. or so -- not ideal b/c dd2 would have to have too many transitions in one day;<br><br>
2) quit the job (a real possibility at this point) but then still left with tuition issue<br><br>
3) get them to change my hrs. to earlier in the afternoon so I can be home by the time dd1 and dd2 get home (and take ds to in-home daycare) -- this is my favored option but the principal isn't as keen because it really screws up everyone else's schedule, which I understand.<br><br>
4) ??? hire another "warm body" -- I am now loathe to do this; I'm just so upset over having my beautiful girls treated callously.<br><br>
Sigh. Just venting here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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I would say your best bet is to get another babysitter somehow. I don't know how you found the last one, but you can hang up flyers in church, advertise through your daughter's school, call and ask the secretary if they can put an ad in the school newsletter or something (?) Do you have any nieces or nephews that could do it? If they personally can't, you could ask them to ask their friends. Hang up ads at a local college, (especially if they have a early childhood program!! look for their bulletin board!) And I also recomend you check out the website, sittercity.com. I think parents have to pay a small fee to run an add, but in my area at least, its a very popular place to go when looking for a sitter, or for a sitting job. Just BE CAREFUL with the people you meet off that site. Do background checks, get professional references...the whole drill. But I think I would do that with any babysitter I hired. I wish you luck!!!
 
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