Re: In Home Babysitting
My children have an in home babysitter. She is my BIL's cousin. I think she is wonderful and the situation is perfect for us. She has a friend that helps her and one of her nieces (who is 16) helps with the older kids after school. I don't have one negative thing that I can say about her.
My sister used her as well. She did not have as pleasant of an experience as I did. My sister's children are not very disciplined and "Donna" (the babysitter) was very tough on them. She had to be because she has a lot of younger, more impressionable children there. My sister doesn't like to think her children do anything wrong and still can't believe that I would send my children to her. Donna quit her because her kids are out of control.
I'm looking to go back to work and I can't wait to start bringing my girls back to her. They love it and Donna really loves the kids she has. She has been doing it for 20+ years because she has a mentally ill son and couldn't work because she had to be home with him. He is in his 20s but has the brain of a 6 year old. On the days he doesn't go to work (he volunteers with the elderly) he gets right down and plays with the kids.
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I like the in home thing much better than the school like setting. I think it's more comfortable for the kids. I think you should go for it. If you love kids half as much as Donna does you will love it.