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Woman Pleads for Good Babysitter on YouTube

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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For parents of young children, finding a good babysitter can be as important to quality of life as having food and shelter. But said quest is not always so easy. A young mom in Tel Aviv found that out while unsuccessfully seeking a nanny for her 7-month-old son. Undeterred, she has now taken to more creative means to find good help.

Shlomit Havron has made a YouTube video (in Hebrew) of her urgent plea and has offered to reward the person making the right babysitting shidduch a considerable NIS 1,000 (nearly $300) finder’s fee — in cold, hard cash, no less. (Check out the video below.)

Apparently Havron needs this nanny for her baby pronto. She is giving viewers exactly one week to help make her child care woes disappear.

Havron doesn’t mention her profession, but she can definitely add drama queen to her resume. “I absolutely need to find a baby sitter in the next few days. By next Sunday, I must have a baby sitter,” she implores as she closes her eyes and assumes a supplicating stance. “I’m asking, I’m begging. I know that if you are parents, if you are mothers, if you are fathers, if you work — you know how important it is to have a good nanny.”

She is correct on that point, and we can only wish her luck in finding the right person to take care of her kid. With the video having garnered 750 hits in its first day, there seem to be a lot of people out there hot on the nanny trail for Havron. Either that, or it’s more of a Schadenfreude moment, whereby other parents who can totally relate to her troubles are getting a kick out of watching someone even more desperate than themselves.

Lucky for her, it seems to be the former. Havron told the Forward that she has gotten a lot of good, on-target responses and she is now in the process of conducting interviews.


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