We're dragging our feet, I know.
Our twin girls are closing in on two years old, and we have still never left them with a babysitter that wasn't a relative or friend. People who know about these things tell us that it's of paramount importance to secure a babysitter we can trust and with whom we have a dispassionate financial arrangement that precludes any resentment of the type felt by put-upon friends and family, so that we can sneak out for the occasional date night.
I don't know if we have some subconscious fear or reluctance to allow a virtual stranger to watch our kids, or if we're just too lazy to do the legwork to find one. We've gotten a few leads on babysitters from our friends with kids, but so far we haven't followed up. We don't even know what we're supposed to do to determine if the potential babysitter is trustworthy.
Meanwhile, our kids have become very entrenched in their routines, and I'm afraid that the prospect of training a babysitter to minister to their requirements is getting more remote as the girls develop more complex rituals surrounding the events of their days.