The New ‘I Love You’: Hire a Babysitter

Dads, want to make mom swoon? Hire a babysitter and give her some much-needed time to herself.

Trust me, as a mom, there is nothing my husband could do that would make me love him more. Just hearing the words, “Make plans with your friends. I’ll hire a babysitter,” is enough to make me giddy. I’m not the only mom who feels this way.

11 Alive shared the results of a TGI Friday’s 2021 survey of the top four things moms want this Mother’s Day.

  • 70 percent of moms want a day to themselves. 
  • 51 percent of moms want a good night’s sleep. 
  • 40 percent of moms want a self-care day (spa, manicure, massage). 
  • 38 percent of moms want a night out with friends.

Do you know what all four of these most requested wants require? Childcare! 

Here’s another helpful tip: moms do not only want these things on Mother’s Day. Moms will accept these gifts any day of the year.

Why Moms Need a Babysitter Now More Than Ever

It’s no secret that moms have handled the bulk of household responsibilities since time began. But we don’t want to throw dads under the bus. Dads have increasingly added more of these responsibilities to their to-do lists. 

According to a 2020 Gallup poll, “Although women remain more likely than men to perform most of the duties at home, this has declined in some cases over the past two decades.” 

Today’s dads are more involved in childcare than generations past, and they are more willing to help out around the house.

However, moms still carry the bulk of the household responsibilities. Moreover, moms carry what is referred to as the mental load.

Parent Map explains, “While the physical workload [is] closer to 50/50, the mental/managerial load [is] more 90/10, with mom bearing the brunt.”

This mental load refers to everything from choosing birthday presents to scheduling children’s activities and hiring babysitters.

2020 Helped Shift Familial Responsibilities

One of the silver linings of 2020 was that families learned new ways to share the at-home workload. As many moms and dads were forced to work at home, take care of their children, and homeschool at the same time, it became necessary to delegate tasks effectively.

As a result, dads turned to helpful apps to make the at-home workload easier. They used apps to order groceries, get food delivered, receive homework help, and more. With the touch of a button, dads could hire a babysitter and take care of dinner. 

These apps made it easy for dads to share the responsibility and ease mom’s mental load.

Want to Show Mom Some Love? Hire a Babysitter!

We are approaching the end of the 2020-2021 school year, which is quite possibly the most stressful school year ever. 

Mom needs a break. Hire a babysitter!

Once upon a time, dads may have been hesitant to contact a teenage neighbor to ask her to babysit (we get it). But SitterTree is designed so moms AND dads can hire a babysitter safely.

The SitterTree app makes it just as easy to hire a babysitter as it is to get food delivered.

Simply post a babysitting job, and then select your babysitter from a curated list of qualified (college-aged+) sitters near you. 

It only takes 30 seconds to say, “I love you.”

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