My wife is working again after a 7-year hiatus, which means a lot of the general child care duties have fallen on me. This is great, since I work from home and have incredibly flexible hours. However, my job does require me to travel some, and I’m also an air force reservist. That means I have about 8 weeks a year that I’m not home, sometimes a day or two at a time and sometimes for weeks on end. For the past 3 months this has meant constantly juggling babysitters/parents/friends to watch our kids on the odd days I’m not home.
I’m looking at some of these websites (SitterCity, UrbanSitter, Care.com) and I’m not sure if they’re a good fit for what we’re looking for. We don’t need a date night sitter (well, we could certainly use that service, but right now we’re OK with leveraging the local teenage population), and we don’t want to book a nanny. I like the idea of being able to post the days I’ll be gone online and finding a reputable after school/evening sitter for up to a few weeks at a time, preferably someone who we can easily request in the future if we like them.
Does anyone have any experience using these sites like this?