Poll: Using Male Babysitters
After I had my first son, we used about half male babysitters and half female babysitters. I was careful to make sure I had a balance. A’s first sitter while I worked was my brother who came to live with us for the summer and be our “manny.”
We moved to Arizona, and I only found one male babysitter that I liked and would be able to sit consistently when I called. He went on to BYU a couple years ago and is now on his mission.
I don’t have any male sitters right now. I think it’s complicated by the fact that my youngest is a girl, and I am more picky now about a male sitter.
I’d like to do better, but I feel like in my area, we’re in the minority when it comes to families who are willing to hire male sitters, and when I find a boy who will babysit, he usually only does once or twice. So, I have to polls this week. The first question speaks to hiring preferences. Keep in mind this first one is so generalized I don’t know if it will do any good, but it’s mostly as a jumping off point. Why do you (or people you know) think it’s safe (or not) to use a male babysitter?:
The second question speaks to the supply of male babysitters. (I’m wondering if location and local culture has something to do with the willingness of men to babysit.)