Babysitters can be a lifesaver! I used to babysit a lot, so I truly appreciate people who are willing to put up with someone else’s kids for a long time.
I think they deserve plenty of compensation, that’s for sure! However, when I was a babysitter, I always abided by the rules of the household in which I was babysitting.
If the couple whose kid or kids I was watching specified that they did not want their thermostat touched, I did not touch the thermostat. That’s why I’m a little irked that now that I have my own two kids and I need a babysitter to rely on every now and then for date night with my hubby or other such engagements, I have a babysitter who doesn’t seem to have the same decorum that I used to have. Both my husband and I insisted to the babysitter that the thermostat should remain at 75° at all times. I think that’s a pretty reasonable temperature, even when it’s rather warm outside. The babysitter seemed to disregard our wishes, though. It turns out she was setting the thermostat all the way down to 69°! We started to suspect that she was messing with the thermostat when we came home one evening to find that it was a lot chillier in our house than it should have been. I went to check the thermostat, and it read lower than It should have, despite the fact that the set temperature still said 75°. That was curious, because it was hot and humid that night, and there was no real reason for the ambient temperature to be lower than 75°. We are definitely going to confront the babysitter about this!