Dear babysitter: do you drive, bike, bus, or walk?
Summer is here, and I have been screening many-a-babysitter to help even out our summer between camps, off-weeks, and vacations. One of my standard questions is: "do you bike?" and "have you biked with kids alongside before?"
Recently, we had our neighbor-recommended sitter over. She biked to the community center to fetch our two older kids, the biked home with them. I relayed this to our neighbor, and she was surprised. "Oh! She always asks for a ride home, so we usually drive her home." I speculated that it may be because I never did offer a ride home, and I explicitly asked her to pedal over to fetch our kids, who would also be riding their bikes home (it was in the neighborhood, on streets that our kids were very, very familiar with riding, about 1.5 miles away).
I thought about the many advertisements I have seen for babysitters that highlight "clean driving record" or "have valid driver's license and car". While we do have a car, we have never felt comfortable letting a sitter drive our kids around. We feel safer if they were to - in order of preference - walk, take the bus, or bike to outings (only if they are regular bikers). I started to wonder: is that so unusual? Do you typically ask your regular sitter to drive, bike, bus, or walk with the kids, when they are off to outings and activities?