Little White Lies Moms Tell Their Babysitters

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man sleeping on couchIt took me years to leave my girls with a babysitter. But now there are days when I really just need the down time; a couple hours to be in quiet and hear my own thoughts, remember a grocery list, or finish a sentence without interruption. On the rare occasions I need a sitter, it sometimes seems like I'd do just about anything to get those few precious moments of freedom. Even lie.

After all, I want to make sure the sitter won't be scared off by what really happens in my house. You know what I mean, right?

Here are a few white lies to try to ensure you can get a sitter who will care for your kids.

“The baby will go right down for a nap, no problem,” knowing damn well that the child hates naps and will fight naps to the death.

Upon returning home from the same time away, when the babysitter tells you that junior wouldn't nap and she tried everything. You feign surprise and pretend that it’s the first time that this has happened, ever!

“The children have been fed and will require no snacks before bed time,” knowing that every night at bed time, your children escape the bed no less than seven times in the name of crackers, apples, and water.

“We don’t let the kids watch television.” Poor little Suzie Sunshine exhausting herself watching your precious children, trying everything to entertain them with books, songs, and games. Running herself ragged living up to your expectations. In actuality, you already let the kids watch three hours non-stop of Sprout today and only told her this fib to alleviate your own Mommy guilt.

“Bobby’s allergic to processed food and has a weird skin reaction that lasts for days.” This white lie ensures that the babysitter will feed your child a wholesome meal rather than hot dogs and Cheetos.

“We have security cameras throughout the house. If you get in trouble, just give us the thumbs down sign and we will come right home.” This will keep the sitter from getting into any shenanigans while you are out, as well as keep any rogue boyfriends from showing up.

“We'll try to be back before the kids go to bed,” knowing that you want to be somewhere, anywhere else, tonight because it’s Thursday night and the kids are overtired and there's always bedtime drama on Thursday night. You pull up but sit outside until the last bedroom light goes off.

Have you ever told your child’s babysitter a white lie just to keep them on their toes?

*No children or babysitters were actually lied to in the writing of this post.

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Lulu425 Lulu425

....and shit like this is why no one will want to babysit your kids, ever again. Be honest and upfront.

For example, "Bobby’s allergic to processed food and has a weird skin reaction that lasts for days.” So, what happens when the babysitter finds Bobby eating a PROCESSED snack, panics, and then you get a call from the ER the babysitter was afraid Bobby would get sick? Goodbye "Mommy-time," and hello ER bill.

Idiot. You can be an asshole and lie about naps and snacktime, but you're a shitty person if you lie about your child's health.


chigi... chigirl1228

You shouldn't lie to your babysitter. I babysit marines kids who are on the waiting list for daycare. I could be watching their kids for a week to 6 months. I only take one family at a time. I have ground rules: they have to be walking and talking. I have a 6 month old and I don't have the patience for a second baby. If you lie about my ground rules you have a week to find a new sitter. I don't deal with annoying parents. And believe me... sometimes the parents are more annoying than the kids. I don't mind you coming to pick them up late bc I know all about insensitive commands but if you pick your kid up in civilian attire I start to get pissed. I charge a flat fee per day but if it becomes a habit I will start to charge you hourly. One of my personal favorite lies was little Johnny was in soccer. Cool, wonderful. The first thing I asked was dies he need a ride to practice? No I think I will be off in time. Great. I charged the same rate as everyone else. about 2 weeks into watching him I was driving to every practice... 3 times a week in the evening. I started asking the referral what was going on that the mom couldn't take him. the reply was "shes running errands on those nights so she doesn't have to sit at practice". Awesome... well I told her that if she can't find the time to take her son to practice I have to charge $30 extra for gas. She promptly picked him up on time from then on.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Oh my god girls. Take a damn joke. This is funny but I haven't lied to a sitter cause I really do have awesome kids. I just warn them they may talk your ear off and lie to YOU (the sitter) saying they get a snack at bedtime which is not true. Hey I do think saying you have security cameras around the house is perfectly fine because it is really hard to find someone you trust when family is an hour away, so we don't go out much-and didn't to begin with-since the one person we do trust can't sit anymore.

Weavi... WeavingOurWebb

"'The baby will go right down for a nap, no problem,' knowing damn well that the child hates naps and will fight naps to the death."

As a former teenaged baby-sitter, I must ask that you try not to lie about things that will make your sitter feel awful about the job they're doing. No one likes feeling taken advantage of, (by a baby no less) so please, be up-front about your childs behavioral issues. It'll save your sitter a lot of frustration and second guessing.

False cameras in the house? Genius.

Telling your sitter to give thumbs down and you'll come right home? Idiotic, and unbelievable. Who hires a babysitter and spends the whole time watching their security footage? Telling her "we monitor the footage daily" would be sufficient enough

sidneyb sidneyb

Wow just wow

nonmember avatar B

Yeah I don't agree with lying to a babysitter at all, except for maybe the security camera thing. If someone is watching my child, I want to be sure that she knows every single thing possible and I will make a list to ensure that. My child does not go down for naps easily. She likes the boob and is not a fan of the bottle. She gets very fussy when she's tired. She likes to be held. She is a spoiled only child! I'm not going to sugar-coat any of that if I leave my child because I want the babysitter to be prepared if any of those things happen. Don't get me wrong, she is a good baby but she has her moments. I would hate to think my child is at home hysterical and the sitter is freaking out because I didn't warn her.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Im sure, somewhere out there, there is a list of things called "Little White Lies Babysitters Tell Parents"....Which is just as horrifying as this list. I know this is kind of a joke (hopefully) but seriously...who else would you want to me more honest with than the person caring for your children? :-p

lisas... lisasuel1

Wow people, lighten up!

nonmember avatar KAC

Really? Am I the only one who thought of most of this as a joke and actually funny? (Hence, the "LOL" category). Maybe I'm in the wrong but I feel like some people on this site have a stick up their rear. Good laugh for Monday morning.

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