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Old 07-09-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
 
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We're using a sitter for the first time on Saturday to attend a wedding. It's a woman in my AP group whom I see every week at playgroup and am friendly with. She's also a nanny for another family in our group and Solomon adores her, so I feel really good about it. She's refusing to charge me, since we're friends, but I still want to do something nice for her to thank her. She'll be watching him from about 4:00-9:00 (I'm leaving a little early so she doesn't have to put him to bed, even though she offered to wear him to sleep for me). I offered via e-mail to treat them to their favorite takeout for dinner while he's there, or at least bring dessert, but she never replied to that. I know she's been trying to lose weight, though, so maybe food isn't the best idea. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:20 AM   #2
 
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I usually treated my friends to dinner or lunch after watching Xander.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
 
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Does she have kids? Maybe just reciprocate by watching her kids occasionally would work. I have that arrangement with several friends. We don't pay each other for babysitting, but we do watch each other's kids occasionally.
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Does she have kids? Maybe just reciprocate by watching her kids occasionally would work. I have that arrangement with several friends. We don't pay each other for babysitting, but we do watch each other's kids occasionally.
Her daughter is 2 1/2, and I did tell her I'd be happy to return the favor sometime. But I don't know if she'll take me up on it because I know her parents or in-laws live nearby and I think they watch her if needed.

DarkAngel, for a closer friend I love the idea of taking her out to lunch or dinner. We don't really spend time together outside of playgroup though, so I'd feel a little weird. Although, we have been considering inviting her and her husband and daughter over for dinner sometime just so the husbands can get to know each other, so maybe we'll do that.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:45 AM   #5
 
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Why not buy her a little gift like a soy candle, etc. It's still much less than you would pay a sitter and lets her know you appreciate her time. You could give it to her when you've invited them over for dinner.
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