When my son was younger (he's 15 now), I was a single mom and had nothing but nightmare babysitters while I worked. No matter how much I researched them, dropped in unannounced, etc... it always ended up being a bad situation once we were using their services. We've been through stabbings, the lady that taught my son at a year old that she was his mother because I was at work, the lady who piled a half dozen kids without car seats into her car to following her cheating husband around... those are the GOOD experiences we've had...they get worse. SO, with our next youngest - and last - child, our 3-year old daughter, we suffer through having no money for anything so I can stay home with her. She is ALWAYS either with me, her father (my husband), my own parents (in-laws are dead), with her older siblings or with the ONLY friend I trust who has 3 kids of her own. We struggle a lot and sometimes have to ask for a little help financially, but I know she's safe.