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Ever Need A Babysitter?

Melissa Rayworth
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The Department of Defense funds your Sittercity membership. What does that mean for you? 

 

No decision means as much to parents as this one: Who will care for my children when they aren’t with me?

Many families answer this question by having relatives share in the caregiving duties. If mom and dad are going out for date night, grandma babysits. If dad is away and mom is juggling work and school, aunts and uncles step in to help. When extended families live within a few miles of each other, it’s a relatively simple system.

It’s different, of course, for the military. You may live hundreds of miles from the nearest relative or old friend. Or maybe you’ve just landed at a new duty station and have yet to make close friends; it’s awkward to ask for babysitting help.

 

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One solution is using a professional babysitting service. The Department of Defense (DoD) pays for Sittercity memberships for military families, but what does that mean? What’s paid for and what isn’t? Who are the people offering care through Sittercity, and how dependable are they?

Many military spouses have embraced Sittercity to solve their childcare needs, and others have used the program to find work. The company’s website can connect you with other military families who are seeking someone to watch their kids, walk their dog or do other home-based tasks.

How does it work? We’ve asked this question and many more, bringing you a primer on exactly what this DoD-funded benefit offers you.

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