Sure, ringing in the new year with your little leaguers can be fun. But if you want to play with the pros this year, you’ll have to make sure you’re on top of your game. Because this is such an in-demand night for sitters, the rules are a little different.
You can't just call up a five-star recruit on signing day and say “Hey, you want to play for us?” If you haven't already, contact your regular babysitter now and get them to commit on December 31st. It's never too early to lock down a plan. Don't forget: the best offense is a good defense.
Have a game plan
Don't blow your lead in the fourth quarter. You need to have a backup plan. And a backup plan for the backup plan. Call your regular babysitter now and see if they're available. If they suddenly cancels, you better have your second string sitter warmed up and ready to step in and save the day.
Make them an offer they can't refuse
It's the oldest trick in the playbook: when the stakes are this high, make them an offer they can't refuse. Pay them double their normal rate. Throw in a free dinner. Give them a bonus. Pay for their cab to your place and back home. Chances are, there are plenty of parents offering them a sweet deal. Make sure yours is just as or more attractive.
Scout out friends and family members
Sometimes the MVP is right under your nose. If plan B and C fall through, see if any of your friends or family members are willing to take one for the team. Maybe someone you know has been lucky enough to book a sitter-see if you can chip in and share.
It's game time, coach. Good luck out there-attitude is everything. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.