Saber’s Newest Sitter Network

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- If you're a parent, try to imagine a candlelit dinner in a beautiful restaurant with views of the Eifel and not a chicken nugget in sight or strolling through one of the many holiday markets knowing your kids are well taken care of in your own home.

If you're a teenager, try to imagine being able to go out or buy something special without having to ask parents for the money or having a job so flexible that you get to choose when you work.

Think these things are just a dream? They aren't.

Many people in the community experience the frustration of not being able to find a babysitter, or are unable to connect with the many available teenage babysitters who are ready to work.

Two Saber spouses understood this need, and with the guidance and approval from base officials, developed a new sitter referral service called the Spangdahlem Babysitter's Club.

"The Spangdahlem Babysitters Club is easy and efficient to be a part of. Registering requires less than five minutes and you're in. Being in the club gives you the ability to get jobs easily, safely and allows you to say no without feeling guilty," said Daren Aiken, a SBC sitter.

The SBC provides a private database of Red-Cross certified teenage babysitters with set pricing, charging $5 per hour for one or two children and $2.50 per hour for each additional child.

"The process was so simple. I had a response to all requests and inquiries within a 24-hour period and a sitter within two days of requesting one. Our sitter was great and the price was awesome, but I'm glad we were able to give a little extra," said Tiffany Adams, a parent who uses the SBC.

Teenagers and parents interested in more information can visit www.spangbabysittersclub.blogspot.com.  

To be added to the database or request a sitter, e-mail the SBC at spangbabysittersclub@googlemail.com.