Finding a sitter can be tough, but without someone you can trust to leave your kids with now and then, you lose a little piece of your soul. I know – I live in a rural area where there is not a lot of choices for sitters and have a unique situation with a special needs child and two younger children that make it impossible to hire just any teen from the local high school to provide occasional respite. We have traditionally – unfairly or not – relied mostly on our daughter. Now that she is away at college, we’re forced to consider the possibility of someone new. It’s not easy. makes it easier, though. offers a variety of services to help moms – from finding a trustworthy babysitter to finding someone to come help clean the house on a regular basis. is an online family and caregiver database providing babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, pet sitters, elder/companion care and other services for people in the United States and Canada.

The service is easy to use; you simply register and create a profile. You can then search through the listings for your area for the services you need. While there are not a lot of service providers in my small town (Bath, population 5,000) I was pleasantly surprised at the number of sitters, housekeepers, and tutors registered within a reasonable distance. In larger towns and cities, the service works even better. companies are used regularly by Dr. Phil for his guests! is a matchmaking service, but they do not provide the screening. It is up to you to vet the potential service providers to ensure that they will meet your needs. While the service has a monthly fee (with discounts for an annual membership), they do offer a free 7-day trial to make sure the service is right for you.

In addition to daycare and housekeeping, also offers you the ability to find tutors, pet care, house sitters, and miscellaneous services. provided me with access to their membership site to allow me the ability to conduct an adequate review of their services.

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