((On a side note: I just recently re-watched Adventures in Babysitting with my 10-year-old son. I hadn't seen it since it came out - in 1987! I found the dark, dangerous portrayal of Chicago hilarious since I'm raising my kids here now... My son enjoyed it, too - this is definitely an oldie but goodie to watch with your tween!))
Here's a new tool to help you schedule your sitters: SitterScout is an online/mobile tool that works from any smartphone (or on your computer) to help book your existing babysitters by instantly contacting the sitters you choose from your fave list and making it easier for them to reply via SMS. All you need to do is register and then enter your sitters’ information. When you need a sitter, you can easily contact them via SMS - choosing from your first choice sitters (or SOS SMS all your possible sitters when you're really desperate). In turn, your sitters can easily reply back with an accept or decline response. When a sitter accepts, you'll receive an instant SMS.
This system make the logistics of finding a sitter sooo much easier: it eliminates digging through your contacts to find your sitter's info, and you'll be able to avoid small talk and get straight to the point: I need a sitter. STAT!
Learn more about SitterScout and its founder parents here: http://www.sitterscout.com/
Disclosure: This is a Splash Creative Media compensated campaign on behalf of SitterScout.com