Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Jordan W.

Jordan has experience with children 3 months and older and currently works at Dan Kinney Family Center in their child care center. She has plans next year to continue studying at College of the Ozarks to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. She is certified in infant, child, and adult CPR. Jordan is available to babysit during the weekdays and weekend, both during the day and at night.

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Jordan is really sweet. She is responsible, kind and fun for the kids!”

Check out Jordan’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Maddi G.

Maddi is a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with kids of all ages and held many babysitting positions, as well as kids summer camp counselor, lifeguard, and she currently work at a preschool.

Maddi shared, “I love working with kids and making them feel secure and loved while away from their parents, while also having fun!”

She is excited to meet more familiar and children through SelectSitter. She is free to nanny with full availability this summer!

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Maddi works at my kids’ preschool and they love her! She’s fun, responsible, and caring!”

Check out Maddi’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Announcing Empowered Fitness Partnership

We see it all the time, parents putting themselves last because, well…KIDS! It is so common to hear a mom say, “Work out? I can’t, because I don’t have child care.” So, when Empowered Fitness founder, Shela, reached out with the great idea to partner with SelectSitter to help her busy moms clients make time for the gym, we were sold! As a personal trainer, she hears it all the time and wanted to be able to provide a solution for moms whose only hurdle to self care was child care. Great idea, Shela!

Empowered Fitness owner, Shela

We sat down with Shela to learn more about Empowered Fitness…

Why did you want to partner with SelectSitter?

Because I instantly recognized you could fill a need I can’t! So many women are mothers first and they feel guilt for making time to workout. They feel like they may be neglecting their children if they step away to train. Now they can have their kiddos with them at the gym under skilled supervision! Or for the mom who just doesn’t have the child care to workout, I wanted to make it possible for her to care for herself! Basically I saw the need and wanted to help women have one less reason to meet their health and fitness goals!

Tell us a little about your business model for Empowered Fitness:

I started Empowered Fitness because my passion is fitness! I lost weight myself and changed my life with exercise and nutrition. I quickly realized that I had a more specific desire to help women; to provide the tools and resources I wish I would have had access to at the beginning of my journey. My ultimate drive and goal is to help transform women’s lives through fitness allowing them to realize their true power and capabilities in life

Where can you provide training?

I provide training to women worldwide via online training! But I also offer in-person training through Rage Fitness in Nixa, MO (just a 10 minute drive from Springfield, MO).

What services do you provide?

I offer custom meal plans, goal-focused workouts, cardio programming, accountability, motivation and personal development work both in-person and online to my clients. Online training includes all of the above with weekly check ins via email, text,or FaceTime/Skype. In-person training meets with me weekly (number of times determined by the client). I provide all the above as well as in-person check ins (weekly and monthly), in-gym or home child care (via SelectSitter) and transformation photo shoots to celebrate your progress (via Megan Ashleih Boudoir).

How long have you been a personal trainer?

I have been a personal trainer for 10 years this year! And Empowered Fitness turns 4 this year!

Do you specialize in anything particular?

I specialize in weight loss and life transformations! Specifically, I help empower women to live their potential!

If interested, what does a mom need to do to get started?

If you are interested in learning how to live empowered by fitness, ladies can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/empoweredfitness15/). I am also available via email (empoweredfitness15@gmail.com). You can reach out to me to begin the interview process and see if we are the perfect fit to work together! I do currently have two openings for in-person training and am always taking new online clients!

As always, feel free to reach out to us here at SelectSitter too if you have any questions!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Erin S.

Erin is currently a junior at Drury University majoring in Elementary Education. She has a lot of experience at summer camps and in child care. She is available for daytime and night time babysitting job and even summer nanny jobs.

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Erin is the first babysitter we’ve left our three young kids with overnight. She’s friendly, responsible, and loves our kids. We highly recommend her.”

Check out Erin’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Briana B.

Briana is a student in her final year at Missouri State University and has been professionally working with kids since she was 19. In addition, she has worked at the Boys and Girls Club and spent a year working at a local preschool. Brianna has nannied for more than two years and said, “I absolutely love it and am excited to meet more families!”

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Briana is sweet, loving, and trustworthy. She’s more than a sitter – she’s a member of the family!”

Check out Briana’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the Sitter Spotlight: Paige D.

Our SelectSitter babysitter Paige D., is a full-time student pursing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has worked with kids of all ages and has held nanny positions, child care provider positions, and babysitting positions. She loves working with kids and is excited to be on SelectSitter to connect with more families.

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Paige is an awesome babysitter and my daughter loves her!”

Check out Paige’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

We’d love to feature your favorite sitter, email us and let us know how awesome they are!

Be the parents you’d want to babysit for

The parent/sitter relationship needs to be mutually respectful to have a successful partnership.

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Watching a child is one of the most important and hardest jobs there is. I started nannying when I was 14 years old, couldn’t even drive or stay out past 10 p.m., but I was entrusted to watch two children only a few years younger than me. Guess what…they survived! Jokes aside, what I learned were lessons that I still use today as a parent; it is paramount to be attentive, patient, and always have an open line of communication with the parents. Surprises are not your friend when dealing with a parent; they need to stay in the loop (remember kids have big mouths and are known to stretch the truth!).

Having said all that, it goes both ways. The parent/sitter relationship needs to be mutually respectful to have a successful partnership. They are watching your offspring, not some inanimate possession. Be the parents you would want to babysit for!!

The following SelectSitter tips will help ensure your sitter wants to babysit for you again, and tell their sitter friends what a great family you are to work for. 

Be clear on your expectations

To be successful at any job, you need to know the expectations and responsibilities. I always tell my sitter up front the plan for the evening. Ex. eat dinner (I ordered pizza), play board games or yes, it’s okay to play video games for 30 minutes, brush teeth, read a book, and lights out at 8:00 p.m. sharp. That way the kids can try to pull a fast one and they feel prepared with answers. If you are ok with dessert and staying up late for good behavior, let them know that too so they have some tricks in their back pocket.

Be up front about what you pay

What I charge was always the question I dreaded most as a sitter. I had no idea what to say and I didn’t want to offend the parents because I didn’t even know what they normally pay. It is the only job I have had that the employer didn’t set the pay rate. So going into a job, I would have 100% preferred the parents told me what they were paying me and for what than me shoot off some random number. Now as a parent, I pay an hourly rate and then when the kids are asleep I pay half of that and I tell the sitter they are free to do homework, play on their phone, or watch TV. This is how we do it but I know other parents that pay the same rate the whole job, totally a personal decision.

Write down instructions

Do your kids have food allergies, or specific bedtime routines? Maybe your youngest will only fall asleep if you sing a certain song. Whatever that special things is, your sitter will be so thankful if you share it with them so their evening can go as smoothly as if you were there.

Leave back-up contact numbers

Phones die, service can be spotty…don’t leave your sitter panicking by not leaving emergency contacts or even a neighbor’s name and number. It just makes everyone feel more comfortable.

Feed your sitter

They need to eat too. We always make sure that our sitter knows we made extra for them to eat and to make themselves at home with any food or drink (non-alcoholic of course).

Don’t come home early without asking

I used to rely on my sitter earnings to pay the bills, so if you book a sitter from 5-10 p.m. and then decide to come home a couple hours early that means less money for them. Be considerate and if plans change, shoot them a text to make sure that is ok. If they seem hesitant, consider paying them what you have booked them to work. Most of these sitters are young and could really use the extra money. Remember, you were in their shoes once too.

Remember them on holiday/special occasions

On Christmas we always leave our sitter a card and gift card or extra cash when they babysit to thank them for caring for our children all year. This just reminds them they are special to our family and we appreciate them. It is also nice to reach out to them on their birthday, give them your kids’ school and sports photos, and congratulate them on their big life moments (graduation, new jobs, etc.). If you want them to love your kids just like a part of their family, what better way than to treat them like part of yours.

Babysitters are an extension of your family, and nowadays it is a competitive market to find a great one. Here at SelectSitter, our goal is that every parent can find a trusted sitter anytime, anywhere. Let us know how we can help you

Sitter Spotlight

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Meet our “Sitter Spotlight” Hunter K.

Hunter is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Elementary Education, working on her masters in Literacy. She has worked in a preschool since she was 17 and has a passion for kids. She currently works in a nursery at a local preschool, but has worked with children of all ages from 3 months through 5 years. She is CPR and First Aid certified and also is available to care for dogs or help with cleaning.

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Hunter is awesome! My boys just love her bubbly personality and she is also an excellent dog sitter. Highly recommended!”

Check out Hunter’s profile on profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

We want to feature your favorite sitter! Let us know who you love and trust at founder@selectsittapp.com

SelectSitter is rolling out in-app payments!

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Ditch the checkbook, and stop running to the ATM.  SelectSitter is rolling out in-app payments!

Hi fellow parents and babysitters! We have some big news here at SelectSitter. We are rolling out in-app payments starting December 10 (postponed to Jan. 2019). That means soon you’ll be able to find, book, and pay your babysitters directly through the app. For all you sitters out there, this means you’ll be able to accept payments right in the app. No more last-minute trips to the ATM, and no more hunting down the checkbook. Just log in to the SelectSitter app and securely enter your payment info. We’ll take care of the rest. We’ll even send you helpful reminders when it’s time to pay your sitter and when you have funds waiting for you in your account.

We’ve been working on this new feature for the last several months. We actually got the idea from all of you! In-app payments has been the No. 1 request we’ve heard from parents and sitters since we launched last November. Now, after some experimenting, we’re ready to answer that request.

 But first, let’s go over the highlights!

  • We’ll send you helpful reminders to make sure you pay your sitter.
  • We’ll also keep you posted when you have funds waiting for you in your account.
  • Your payment info will be securely stored in the app, which means you can pay your sitter anytime and anywhere.
  • No more trips to the ATM or scrounging up cash for those last-minute babysitting requests.

December 10 can’t get here soon enough! This is babysitting in the digital age.

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our Sitter in the Spotlight, Taylor C.

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Taylor is currently a senior at Missouri State University majoring in Middle School Education. She works part-time for the YMCA in the school age services department.

She loves interacting with children and keeping them active! She is available on weekend day and nights (Friday – Sunday) and also occasional week days depending on her work and school schedule. She is happy to provide a background check.

Check out Taylor’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Have a sitter you want in the spotlight? Let us know and we will feature them!