We've been super blessed in our lives to have a babysitter we can trust and who loves our children. I suppose this is something I've always wished and prayed for, and now I can see that my prayers have been answered because we have Emily.
Our first day at our new church here in Cedar City, this tall teenage girl with braces and big smile walks right up to our family and says,"I want to babysit your boys! They are so cute!"
And the rest is history.
My husband and I aren't huge party animals, but we like to get out on dates at least 1-2 times a month. We like to go to exotic restaurants like Thai or Indian with non-kid friendly foods and have a space of peace and quiet for 2-3 hours to ourselves to talk and recharge our tired brains. We like to go to our Temple together to worship, relax, do important work, and connect on a higher, more spiritual plane.
Now that our baby is 15 months old, I finally feel comfortable leaving him for more than an hour. It takes a long time for me to be able to go on a date without my nursing baby. Right now we are at a really comfortable, happy place with that and it's been fun to have my husband all to myself.
I'm just really, really grateful for a good babysitter. I talk with other moms who don't leave their children with anyone because they don't have anyone they trust. One of the biggest concerns out there nowadays is that moms and dads don't want to leave their precious children with someone who is on their phone the whole time. To have a teenager come babysit, only to have them texting, talking, gaming or surfing the web, is unacceptable to me.
The ideal babysitter will give your children attention, play with them, read them stories, care for their needs, and entertain them while you are away. This is the type of babysitter I was as a teenager, and this is what I expect from my sitter.
We need good babysitters in this world! Good babysitters become good mothers. Good mothers teach their teenagers not to fiddle with their phones constantly while they are babysitting.
I am grateful for this family that fell into our lives. I am grateful for all the Emily's out there that allow us parents to leave home for a few hours with the peace and reassurance that our kids are in good hands.