I don't know if it's the times now or what, but when I was a babysitter I had a bag of things with me to do with the kids, we went outside to play, I made food, picked up the house (espcially any messes made when I was on duty), took care of the dogs, gave baths to the kids, put them to bed, etc.
Oh, I would also know in advance whether or not I was free to babysit.
In the past week I've tried to arrange babysitting for a few things:
1. We have an 80's themed 30th Birthday Party for my Sister In Law & Brother In Law in July. When we first got the invite the party was 2 months away. Every week since then I've been asking "the teenager" if she can babysit for the 2-3 hours we'll be going to the party. Which is now 2 weeks away. And her answer is still "I don't know if I will have plans with my friends that day yet. Ask me when it's closer". This translates to, "Ask me that day and if I don't have anything else better to do I'll come over and babysit otherwise you'll have to
2. I needed a sitter for a few days this week while we had some changes in our schedules for work. I had the option of sending my little man to pre-K for the week but they were closing for vacation the following week and "the teenager" was off from school so she said she would help out for a few days (Monday & Tuesday, the days of the week least likely for her to have other "plans"). So, I changed my schedule at work, found other plans for my little man on the other days (because I wouldn't want to over do it, and have her babysit for a whole week, that would just be crazy) and we were all set to go.
So I thought.
Sunday afternoon came and I checked in with "the teenager" just to remind her of the hours for Monday & Tuesday, and what did I find out? What? She can't do Tuesday now? And has known for a week that she wouldn't be able to do Tuesday but just decided it wasn't that important to tell me, cause you know "
Great, just what I want, another random teenager that hasn't baby sat for me before to come to my house and babysit all day. Not happening.
So she just babysat on Monday. I left her a huge list of things to do during the day, how long he should be allowed to watch TV & play video games. I even made both of them lunch before leaving for work.
So at the end of the day I come home to find out my little man has watched 2 movies (Tangled & Finding Nemo), played way too many hours of video games. Didn't eat breakfast. Didn't do any of the other multiple things I put out for them to do during the day (crafts, coloring, flash cards, work books, play doh). Oh, and the house was messy, the dog aparrently thought it was a good idea to eat the stuffing out of a chair and she thought it was aparrently a good idea to let it happen, and not pick up the stuffing that was now all over the floors.
I guess I should just be happy that she did babysit, and he was fed (lunch) and kept out of harms way.