As a corollary question to the previous boyfriend tagging along to babysit: Would you hire a boy to babysit? Does it matter the gender of your kids?
I am in a desperate fix to find some new sitters as my old sitters all seem to be busy. One sitter offered up her brother as a possible replacement. He’s worked in childcare before at a reputable place where I know they background check people but with a young daughter in puberty and two other young kids it just makes me less comfortable than hiring a girl. Maybe if I spent some time around the guy and my kids – I’ve never met him before – I would change my mind.
I feel awful for ruling him out just because he’s a boy. I know my brother faced similar unfair issues as a male teacher.
I think boy sitters could bring a lot to the table. I think they would be very willing to play with the kids – running, swimming, playground-type play. I also think they would be more relaxed and fun. (I know my brother loved the male nurses when he was in the ICU because they just had a different vibe. He always thought they were more relaxed.)
I remember we had one boy sitter when we were little – I was probably 6 or younger. He took us to the creek to play. I ended up with bees in my pants. I’m not sure how that happened. We did have to take off my pants to get the bees out but I don’t remember anything “funny” happening. (The bee memory is pretty vivid.)
Through writing this blog I think I am changing my vote. I think I would be open to a boy sitter if I spent time with him in the house with the kids getting to know him.
What do you think: Would you hire a boy sitter? Would the age and gender of your kids make a difference? Would you have to get to know him more than you would a girl?