It’s Monday, and that means the next round of giveaways are up!
To be honest, I was a little intimidated when the 14-year-old babysitter showed up at my door with a sheaf of papers for me to fill out so she could watch my daughter for the day. I usually have one of those pull off sheets from a “baby-sitter’s helper” pad, scribbled with information.
But this list was intense – I had to go check my board several times. Is there something wrong with a mom who can’t remember her pediatrician’s number? I used to know it by heart . . . but then again, my mother was working there then. Oy vey . . . knock wood, my child is rarely sick.
But for moms who are as inept as me, I have found my new Bible. “By the Book: How to Take Care of My Kid” has EVERYTHING you can ever think of. Scratch that. Erase it. Everything you will never think of and just by pure dumb luck your babysitter will need it. The big blue binder has your standard three ring set-up with page after page of sheets for every occasion. There’s space to write in numbers of good sitters. There’s space for the babysitter to jot down what they did for your sick child – symptoms, medicines given, and the like.
There’s even a “parents only” section with tips on how to interview nannies, forms for the babysitter to fill out, questions to ask them, even a model contract for nannies. Use up too many of the pages that really fit your lifestyle (because, like me, you can never find a sharp pencil and thus waste paper using a pen)? Go to their site and download replacement pages instead of having to buy a new book or buy physical copies.
Oh, and I did say it was a Monday, didn’t I? By the Book Kids is giving one Inside Out reader their own copy of my new must-have. Want to be entered? I need a baby-sitter story – something funny, something embarrassing, a good tip . . . leave it in comments for an entry! For extra entries, as always you can blog about ithe contest and/or grab my badge – but you have to come back and leave a comment linking to the spot where you’ve done it (good way to get your site out there too!).
The contest will end next Monday (as always) which is September 29. Remember the other giveaway day is Wednesday, and there’s still time to get in the running for the Jamie Lee Curtis book. Otherwise, come back, read the reviews, and find out if you won – or subscribe to know first when you get the goodies!