I still remember the feel of my first £20 note which was payment for babysitting as a teenager – £20! We were ferried to our parents’ friends’ houses and back, we got to play with the children, stay up late legitimately and, if we were lucky, they’d even have a few good videos in their original plastic boxes for us to watch.
Now I’m part of a babysitting circle in the village I’ve been enjoying babysitting all over again – but for rather different reasons (and with no crisp £20s in sight). This is a great system, though. It’s all token-based and was set up by my rather clever friend. So now we can babysit and in turn get a sitter ourselves for free.
Here’s why I’ve been enjoying babysitting as a grown-up:
- Somehow it’s less stressful if someone else’s child wakes up rather than your own
- And generally they don’t – they’re usually tucked up in bed fast asleep and cosy
- You get to choose what you watch on TV, whether you’re in the mood for Friends re-runs or an ITV drama (just nothing too scary for me!)
- Other people’s recorded films are always so much better than yours
- And other people’s snacks are always superior – posher crisps and double chocolate cookies. Mmmm
- Not to mention fruit teas! I rarely drink them at home but I love a lemon, ginger and honey infusion at someone else’s house
- I can sit in front of the TV on my laptop and do a bit of work or blog or just Google random 80s children’s TV (my husband’s not a fan of me doing this which is probably fair enough)
- It’s nice to sit on someone else’s comfortable sofa for a change
- They might even have a magazine or two lying around and I might even have a chance to flick through the pages
- I’ve also met lots of new people through our babysitting circle and everyone’s local to us
- And best of all, you get the chance to earn tokens for your own night out – we’re even threatening a cinema trip one of these days…