Monday, May 5, 2008

Sitting Pretty Just as you can teach a poi dog to sit, your actions influence the people in your life—and not just your male cage mate. That means your nasty habit of saying “no” when friends invite you to dinner or colleagues ask you to a networking pau hana, has probably got everyone trained to stop calling you at all.

Sitter City wants to banish the defeatist mantra “I’d love to, but I don’t have a babysitter,” from your life. Founded by iVillage babysitting expert Genevieve Thiers and modeled after online dating sites, their nationwide sitter-finding website allows parents and sitters to create an online profile, complete with photo, and search for matches using more than 30 criteria. Ease and safety are assured with a four-step screening process, obtainable references and background checks, and tools to post reviews, determine fair rates and prepare new hires.

A quick O‘ahu zip code babysitter search (they also have registered nannies, pet and house sitters, elder care providers and tutors) fetched 222 matches – which leaves zero reasons not to surprise friends with your own invitation.

Because it’s never too late to learn a new trick.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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