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Sitters Unlimited 15-Step Verification Process

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We realize that hiring someone to care for a family member can be a daunting prospect and so we want to share with you the steps we use to vet anyone who works with us.

Every babysitter, night nanny, pet sitter, senior companion caregiver & party helper we work with must have passed all fifteen of the verification steps below:

1. We have several phone conversations and up to six email exchanges prior to even sending a potential caregiver an application.
2. Our application is 10 pages long and includes many essay sections. We want to know more than where they’ve been and what they’ve done, we want to know how they think and communicate.
3. We personally speak to 6 to 12 references.
4. Criminal background check.
5. National Sexual Offenders Database check.
6. DMV records check.
7. In-person interview.
8. Drivers license and Social Security check.
9. 1st few jobs are group sits or with older children so that we can get detailed feedback.
10. CPR & 1st Aid Certification in Infant Pediatrics must be kept current.
11. 3 other checks which are proprietary to Sitters Unlimited’s process.
12. We continually check: criminal background, National Sexual Offenders Database, DMV and items from #11.

If you decide to hire a caregiver directly be sure to check out our recommendations for further vetting a caregiver.



Childrens’ Books Recommended By Oprah’s Book Club

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Browse this list of new and classic children’s books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and grow a little reader today!
Here is a list of books recommended by The American Library Association and Oprah’s Book Club.

Infants to 2 Years

Help your little ones discover the joy of reading by starting them early with books that will excite their imagination, introduce them to colors and shapes and we’ve chosen books that adults will also enjoy coming back to over and over – as we all know is going to happen when your little ones fall in love with these books.

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

By John Burningham
On a perfect summer day, Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride on the river in his small boat. First he adds a boy and girl, and then an array of animals until the goat’s kick causes a cumulative effect and everyone lands in the water. The book ends with a tea party for all.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town

By Judy Sierra; illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Parents try to round up the letters of the alphabet as they “skitter-scatter, helter-skelter.” Rhyming text and humorous illustrations highlight each letter until they are all finally asleep in bed.

Rhymes Round The World

Compiled by Kay Chorao
Rhymes and songs from across the globe will delight young children. Full-page illustrations dramatize the sense of play.

Ten Tiny Babies

By Karen Katz
Babies enjoy a bouncy, noisy day until they are finally fast asleep at night.

3 Years to 5 Years

You’ll enjoy spending time with your little ones reading these books. At this age the pictures are still part of the story and these books are beautifully illustrated.

Higher! Higher!

By Leslie Patricelli
When her dad pushes a young girl in a swing, she goes “higher, higher,” until she reaches fantastical heights and meets an airplane, a rocket and even an alien!

Wombat Walkabout

By Carol Diggory Shields; illustrations by Sophie Blackall
Children count backward from number six when they join these adorable wombats on their walkabout. When a hungry dingo captures four of the wombats, the two that are left have to figure out how to outsmart him to save their mates.

All the World

By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Follow a circle of family and friends through a day of enjoying the world around them and their many connections.

Bubble Trouble

by Magaret Mahy
In a humorous, rhyming text, Little Mabel blows a bubble that encases her baby brother. He happily floats through the neighborhood as everyone follows along trying to figure out how to rescue him.

My Garden

By Kevin Henkes
A young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

6 Years to 9 years

These books will help children ages 6 to 9 years discover the joy of reading by themselves. These books are so much fun though that you’ll enjoy reading these books right along with them as this is a good age for “shared reading”, you read one page, they read the next and so on until one of you falls asleep.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

By Lenore Look; illustrations by LeUyen Pham
When Alvin’s father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their hometown hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

The Night Fairy

By Laura Amy Schlitz; illustrations by Angela Barrett
Wingless and alone, Flory the young fairy must learn to make it on her own while also learning the value of good friends


By Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan; illustrations by Cyd Moore
Miss Hawthorn, a strict and orderly art teacher, meets her match in the free-spirited Willow, whose creativity and kindness transform her teacher and their classroom.

Pippi Longstocking

By Astrid Lindgren; illustrations by Lauren Child; translated by Tiina Nunnally
This book is a new translation of the adventures of Pippi, a young girl with strength and imagination, who lives with her horse and monkey without adult supervision. The artwork is cleverly integrated into the text.

10 Years to 12 Years


Family Resources

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If you have a business or service that serves families, children, teens or pets that you would like to be included on this Family Resources page please leave your information in the Comments section.


Training Program Helps Adults to Help Children

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Darkness to Light empowers adults to help prevent child abuse and to react responsibly if it has already occurred.


Save on Boxed Lunches

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Next time you find pre-made lunch packs on sale snap up as many as will fit in your fridge and freezer. Store as many as you can eat in one week in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. I actually like to store all my boxed lunches in the freezer as then I don’t have to pack an ice-pack in my lunch bag.


Staying Connected Through the Internet and Social Media

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Families and friends across the country are tapping into technology to stay connected. At first, it was a quick email to say “hello”, then we found out how easy it is to attach a picture to an email, to post picture albums to social network websites .. . Now more and more families and friends are finding unique ways to share their experiences and keep in touch.

There are a variety of ways to share memories online:

Email – One of the most popular and easiest ways to share is through email. Simply scan images, attach them to an email and hit the Send button.

CD – Many photo developers now offer the option of having images developed onto CD-ROM. In this digital format, photos and images can be shared through email or even by presenting the CD as a gift.

Video – The best way to capture an entire story, such as a wedding, party or vacation is to use a variety of memorabilia including photos, audio message, music, journal entries and other items that can be scanned in, such as cards and event tickets. Smilebox is a popular service for scrapbooking, Ecards, and more. User can share their Smilebox creations free of charge, or select premium options for print, DVD burning, expanded music choices, and no advertisements.

Web Site – There are a variety of web sites that offer tools to build a personal web site without any knowledge of complex programming. While this can be a creative way to showcase and update information, it is important to remember that many sites can be accessed by the general public and some sites will only host personal pages for a limited time. Check out or TribalPages for a private, free web site with photo and video capabilities.

Blog – In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write on an ongoing basis. New entries show up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. You can share photos and video with a blog also. BlogSpot is a free and very user-friendly blogging tool with a host of applications to make everything as easy as possible.

Facebook – Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. Because of the popularity of Facebook it’s ideal for staying connected with current friends, locating lost friends and family and making new friends.


Family Friendly Movies – Parents Movie Reviews

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Have you thought you were taking your children to see a family friendly movie only to run screaming from the theater? Or maybe you would love to recommend a movie you and your family really loved? Well this is the place to post your comments.  With parents sharing their movie reviews, we can build a family friendly movie guide you can use prior to heading to the theater, to BlockBuster or Netflix.

To make it easier for other parents to find your recommendations please structure your comments IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW:

  • title of movie
  • age range of children movie is intended for
  • rating of movie
  • your comments

Look in our Resources For Families posting for places to post your comments regarding children’s books, DVD’s, games, toys …

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for parents to share their views we are not providing specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the movies listed here.


Top 100 Children’s Books Reviewed By Parents

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Many of you have childrens books that are a staple of your story-time, or maybe a book that you fondly remember. This is the place for parents to post your childrens books reviews and comments. If a book is a rare children’s book please mention it also. Maybe we can even come up with a list of top 100 children’s books.

To make it easier for other parents to find your childrens book reviews please structure your review IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW:

  • age range of children book is intended for
  • title of book
  • your comments

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for parents to share their views we are not providing specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the books listed here.


Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers – Local Listings

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Here is the place where you can get in touch with a pet sitter or dog walker that lives and works in your local area.

Pet sitters & dog walkers please place yourself in this directory by leaving the following information IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW in your comment:

  • City and State or Metropolitan Area, you service
  • Your name and/or business name
  • blurb about your business
  • contact info
  • include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace or other contact ID if applicable

You’re welcome to suggest a category that you don’t see listed.

This directory is for business listings. If you wish to connect with other parents on a social level you may post a comment here.

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for local businesses to connect with local families we cannot provide specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the services listed here.


Mom to Mom Parenting Board

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Check out the parents chat rooms at

Meet up with other Moms on the parenting boards or join in on a parents chat rooms room just for Moms.  Enter one of their giveaways and get a site for your baby – all for FREE!