This is such an inspirational story from a new
employee, Rama. It’s a story of perseverance and determination to help her two
young boys have the best trip to Disney ever.
One of the greatest pleasures for a parent is to go on vacation with kids. It helps you become a kid again. But it can also be one of the hardest things for parents. There are no breaks on vacation when you have small children. I’ve learned this the hard way.
A few years back, I took my two boys, ages 4 and 2 to Disney World. I was celebrating and embracing a new life as a single mom. And I thought "what better place to bring magic back into their lives?"
Day 1 left me feeling completely defeated. It started with pushing the stroller up the ramp to ride the Disney train (you can imagine how much two boys wanted to ride the train!) and learning my double stroller was not allowed. Onto Plan B: walking. Then I realized my two-year old was not allowed on most of the rides -- and my four-year old could only go with an adult. I had to ask strangers to sit with him, so I could be with his little brother. After a few hours of harsh realizations we went back to the hotel. I was exhausted and almost ready to pack up.
I woke up the next day with a whole new attitude. I couldn’t quit. I jumped into "crisis management mode" and started working on a solution. If I could manage a company and household emergencies, why couldn’t I tackle this?
I know a vacation babysitter is more what you think of when you need a date night at the beach, or someone to give parents a break from the go-go-go activities during the day. But, the only solution I could think of was hiring a sitter to be my support – in order to have happy vacation. I needed someone who would love going on rides with my four-year old, but would also entertain the little one while I had Mom-son rollercoaster time. I needed someone who would help push the stroller, carry bags, and take turns waiting in lines with impatient tykes.
And I needed him or her to start ASAP.
It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought to find right sitter. And soon Disney became the happiest place in the world again.
While this wasn’t cheap (paying the sitter, paying her entry fees and her food), it was worth every penny to me and my little ones. The trip created such a lasting positive impression on the kids -- my son still says he wants to move to Florida! Since then, we’ve gone on many happy vacations, but hiring a local sitter has become part of our vacation budget. I even line up three back-up sitters before we leave. I might be your most pre-planned vacationer, ever! But this way, I make sure my kids will enjoy everything a two-parent family household would.
Some ways you can get a vacation sitter:
- Ask friends, family or hotels in the area for recommendations.
- Plan ahead and post a babysitter job for exactly what you need.
- Use back-up care to plan a last-minute sitter.
- See if your favorite hometown sitter would come with you to work as a Mother’s Helper.
Just make sure you always
call references and do a Skype interview ahead. I’d also recommend running a babysitter background check –
to feel more secure.