WOW that sucks! I feel for you as me and dh have been out of the house together by ourselves a total of 4 times in 3 years. We actually have a 12 year old homeschooled girl that is my mommy's helper 1 day a week (she comes for 2 hours) and we now have started using her for a couple of hours on a friday or sat night so we can go out. I dont' have anyone either that can stay with my dd overnight for a few nights but have you looked into the homeschooling groups? Perhaps post in the Find your Tribe area here at MDC of the state you live in & ask around for homeschool groups/moms with babysitting teenagers---or even the moms! Or you could try the the local La leche league group and see if they might have a mom who is looking for some child care jobs. Granted, probably not overnight but maybe a few hours so you could go to a movie and dinner. What about going and visiting a relative and having them watch the kids and you and DW go on a mini vacation from their house?
Originally Posted by Dov
Anyone have any advice on where or how one goes about finding a responsible, caring, AP type person to watch a 4 yo and a 7 yo for an evening, a full day, three full days and two nights? DW and I have been alone for exactly 4.3 hours in the past 7 years and it's getting a little old.
I grew up in the mountains and parents left me resonsible for my two younger bro's for up to four days (no problem, we had a blast and nothing was broken or damaged too). But we feel freaked out by such a prospect and frankly, we wouldn't dare to follow that model as our situation is urban not rural (and it's not the 1970's).
We cannot find anyone, I mean anyone, not even a teenager to fill-in/sub for us for an evening in our entire town. Every teenager who we've been referred to "doesn't do sitting" any more due to academics or sports. College students all went home, and this past year we couldn't get any of them to even consider it (schedule conflicts, wanted $50/hour, etc.).
We're at a loss. Anyone have any beta to share on this?