"The first day she was there I said, "Well let me take a picture of you two together to mark your first day. You know, to mark your first day, it’ll be like a little celebration we look back on." The real reason I did it was just in case I had to show a photo to the police of the nanny with my daughter. I just felt like it was a safe thing to have." — Jenna Helwig, Food Editor, Parents
"My husband and I came home from a date night once to find our oldest child asleep on the bathroom floor. The sitter was apparently totally OK with that. On the plus side: At least he was sleeping!" — Erika Janes, Executive Editor, Parents.com
"When my older daughter was about eight weeks old, we dared venture out and left her with this girl who was about sixteen years old. She sent us a text and was like, "Ummm the baby had yellow diarrhea everywhere. What do I do?" I don’t know what to tell you. That’s normal. You’re just going to have to deal with it." — Ayn-Monique Klahre, Deputy Editor, FamilyFun!
"The most awkward moments I’ve had with my babysitter are when I pay her too little and I mess up with the math. And it’s horrifying! Hopefully it will never happen again." — Liz Krieger, Interim Associate Editor, Parents
"My aunt is my babysitter which has just made for a ton of awkwardness. So every time I have to reprimand her, I sorta put the blame on my husband." — Grace Bastidas, Editor in Chief, Ser Padres and Parents Latina
"One time I came home from work and my babysitter apologized for having broken my nail clipper. She then gave me a new nail clipper to replace the broken one. I was baffled as to why she felt it was okay to use someone else’s nail clipper (it’s a personal care item!), but didn’t see the point in confronting her about it. I guess she took my suggestion “make yourself at home” pretty literally!" — Maria Stegner, Deputy Art Director, Parents
"I was sharing my babysitter with another mom and I was writing a semi snarky text about the babysitter and guess who I sent it to? I sent it to the babysitter. It was so terrible! I was in a restaurant and I gasped out loud." — Jessica Hartshorn, Entertainment Editor, Parents
"I once overpaid my sitter just so she'd want to come back and watch my kids again! Her mom thought it was way too much, and made her come back over, and return some of the money. I felt really bad for her, and super-uncomfortable about having given her what I guess was an obscene amount of cash as a bribery attempt!" — Melissa Willets, Parents.com contributing writer