With so many great events happening in and around Atlantic City, there is something for just about every one of us. Whether you’re a college student or a parent you’ll find something to enjoy, especially with all of the new restaurants and shops that have opened recently.
But one of the topics that rarely gets discussed is: “Who’s gonna watch the kids?”
Often parents can’t go out because they don’t have a babysitter and, since Atlantic City is largely a transient community, many folks are out of towners and only here during weekends.
Depending on where you stay, you can find fun family activities to include adults and children, but what about adult time, and getting away for a few hours and feeling good about it?
Well, luckily for you, I came across a local babysitting service called Bonded Babysitters. The company’s director of business development is Ed Sheppard.
Anywhere from as little as four hours to a much as two weeks advance notice is enough time to book a sitter with them, sometimes even sooner, says Sheppard.
They’ve watched children as young as nine weeks and as old as 12 years. Especially during beach season, mothers have been using one of the company’s 40 babysitters as “mother’s helpers” while taking the family on the beach — or if not they can utilize the service through babysitting in their rental properties and hotels where they are vacationing.
Sheppard says his service is different than others because summer vacationers can’t just call up someone from the neighborhood that they know or trust because they don’t know anyone in the area. So they often resort to Craigslist and find complete strangers. All of the babysitters for Bonded Babysitters are screened and put through an orientation process. Plus they are locals who are reliable and trustworthy.
Parents can go to Atlantic City for a night out, or have a date-night dinner overlooking the bay, while Bonded Babysitters will take the kids to the Boardwalk. One couple even asked them to watch their children while they went to the Rihanna concert at the Borgata.
Here’s a story that Sheppard says epitomizes the value of his service. He received a call from a gentleman saying he would like to take his wife out to dinner that night, and would make dinner reservations as soon as he confirmed they had a babysitter.
“I told him to make the reservations,” says Sheppard. “When I asked him how he heard of us, he told me he had just gotten down today, but his wife had been down with the kids for three weeks. He was eating lunch and his wife slapped our flyer onto the table and said, ‘You’re taking me out tonight!’”
It’s hard for parents to know where to go and who to trust with regard to watching their children. Sheppard’s company may be able to help some local families. Bonded Babysitters isn’t just a summer service either; they’re available year-round. In fact, one local teacher just hired them to watch her special-needs child throughout the school year.
Considering that Bonded Babysitters employees are bonded, many people expect their rates to be higher than normal, but in fact many people have commented to Sheppard that his services offer the best value for the dollar they have gotten in the Jersey shore area.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.