Babysitting: Beyond Date Night

We all know the feeling: your kids are safe with a sitter, your husbands driving, and you are headed for a scream-free dinner. Its pure bliss, right? Well, at PlatinumSitters we believe you deserve to feel that carefree and relaxed more often. Additional date nights are a great place to start but we can help with so much more!

Birthday Parties

There’s the cupcakes that need handing out–Beckett wants chocolate and Aiden prefers vanilla. There is the juice boxes that need straws in them and someone needs to fill up the next round of water balloons. Has anyone seen the lighter for the candles? Oh, and maybe you’d also like to enjoy your kiddo’s expression as he opens his gifts. Hire some extra hands and soak it all in–they’re only this young once!


Grocery Shopping

Let me set the scene: you’re cruising the aisles. You’re drinking Starbucks. It’s hot. You’re actually following your list. No one has asked you for Oreos. You’re getting Oreos you can hide somewhere to eat in your closet later. It’s heaven, really. Totally worth that two hour minimum.


Family Events

You know what you don’t need? To spend two hours cooking, cleaning and prepping for your mother-in-law to come in and criticize your youngest’s outfit. Someone to come hang out with the kids while you get ready for your parent’s anniversary dinner will make all the difference for the night–and your sanity.


Self-Care

When’s the last time you got to soak your feet in a pedicure tub while sipping a cold drink? Too long? Hire someone to take the kids to the park for the afternoon. They’ll be thoroughly worn out while you’re thoroughly relaxed and then you can still enjoy some low-key family time before bed. Win-win!


PlatinumSitters vets all of our sitters through background checks, reference checks and interviews. We believe in hiring engaging sitters who are going to have your kids asking when they can return. Our sitters know to follow your house rules regarding screen time, meals and bedtime. PlatinumSitters is run by moms and we only hire sitters we would trust with our own kids because we know how important safety and reliability is.

Its simple to register (www.platinumsitters.com), input the dates and times you need, and review profiles of available sitters. Rates are set per child (starting at $14/hour) and no cash exchanges hands–we charge the card on file! We are making babysitting easy and stress free so you can have peace of mind to enjoy the day-to-day and the special times.

We look forward to working with you!

It’s Monday and Mondays Matter

Shoutout to my colleague, Ms. Mitchell, for this mantra. See, as many of you know, I am an educator at heart. I taught middle school for seven years before I started with PlatinumSitters. For half of that time, I was at a middle school with Ms. Mitchell and she did the Monday morning announcements–always signing off with “Don’t forget, today is Monday–and Mondays matter!”

I don’t know when or how, but somehow that little affirmation lodged itself in my brain and has lived there ever since. I think it to myself each Monday morning. I say it to my kiddo as I usher her cranky self off to school. Because it’s true: Monday is the start of something new. A week of possibility. The chance to get things back on track or keep the momentum going.

Well, guess what? Today was a MONDAY. The baby cried so much that I called my mother-in-law crying. Yes, eight years into the parenting game and they still break me from time to time.

After that, I had to hustle to get a mama a sitter when she was diagnosed with the flu and deal with some work “fires”. Somewhere in there, I burnt my lunch and cried a little more over some tough situations around us. I realized I dropped the ball on my own childcare for an event later this week. I hustled to fix it, hustled to catch up on laundry, and hustled to put on real pants for story time.

The opposite of my work setup most days.

But, my husband came home with flowers and chocolate. We managed to have a nice meal. The rain they promised didn’t come until well past our need to be outside. We reset. It’s fine. And I am choosing to embrace what Ms. Mitchell always tell us: It’s Monday and Mondays matter.

So let’s get after it this week, mamas. If you have had a day like me, lets remember that today dictates the rest of the week. End tonight on a positive note: email a friend to say hello, call your own mama, schedule a date night to look forward to.

If you’re have an awesome start to the week, soak it in! Recognize it and appreciate it. Let that good feeling carry you through whatever the rest of the week may bring. Because today is Monday–and Mondays Matter!

Plannin’ for the Weekend

There are more clouds on my weather app than bachelorette posts in my Facebook feed–its dire, guys.

Michael Scott keeps us laughing, at least.

So, its extra important to find something to keep ourselves entertained and to keep the blues at bay. Here are a few things happening around town this week:

For Date Night:

For Girls’ Night Out:

For the Whole Family: