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Sitter Mixer: It’s Like Speed Dating for Parents and Babysitters

 

A last minute meeting, a doctor appointment, your nanny calls in sick, even a romantic evening out…We all love our kids, but there are times when we require help caring for our kids. The Lullaby League, a a Vancouver BC-based company, recently brought it's remedy for the sitter condumdrum to Seattle, offering a unique way for parents to meet university and college students who are looking for babysitting work.

Hour-long league gatherings, called mixers, are set up like speed-dating events. At each mixer moms and dads will have a dozen or so 3 to 4 minute "mini interviews" with sitter candidates in their area. During the interviews parents and sitters chat, ask questions and get a feel for each other. After the alotted time period, parents and move on to the next sitter candidate. After the mixers parents are invited to call any sitters they felt comfortable with directly to work out job details. Lullaby League is clear about it's role: the league is not a nanny or placement service. Instead they describe themselves as a babysitting meeting service connecting parents with university and college students looking for babysitting jobs. .

The night of the mixer, parents receive your own copy of The Lullaby List, a book made up of each of the evenings babysitters resumes. Parents are encourage to call references Parents get to keep the list, providing the names of all the sitters they meet in the evening.

Lullaby League mixers cost $54.50. To learn more, and to register, visit http://www.lullabyleaguesitters.com/.

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