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 March 20, 2005
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Finding a babysitter can be a tough thing for parents.  Now both parents and potential sitters are going high tech with a website that matches parents in need with babysitters who want to work.


You're a parent in need of a night out; however, all you need is a good babysitter. You're a college student, looking for a little extra spending money all you need is a job.  What you both need is a matchmaker.


From morning to night Lisa McElroy is a parent who never stops from work as a professor at Roger Williams University, to making dinner, bath time, and bedtime life from dawn to dusk is exhausting.


The life of Erin Sladen, a college student with never ending debt with books, courses, and entertainment, but when it comes to a budget, that's one course often failed.


Two very different women with one very similar thing in common, they need each other!   A year ago, these two ladies were strangers.  That is until they found a website called Sittercity. It's simply a database of babysitters. 


Most of the sitters are college students looking for part time work.  They write a little bio of themselves, where they live, if they have a car,  and how much they want to be paid. Parents log on and write in their requirements and within minutes the site pairs them up,  and hopefully, it's a match made in heaven!


Erin now babysits for the McElroy family twice a week.  She fills in those gaps where daycare couldn't. Also filling in for Lisa and her husband when the couple just needs time away. Convenience does come with a price joining costs $39.99 for the first month and $5.00 a month after But for Lisa, the benefits that she gets from having Erin is worth every cent.


Sittercity does have a few limitations. First of all, it is not a nanny service. If you're looking for full time child care, this site is not for you. Also, a word of caution, they do not provide background checks.  That's up to you.


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