The teenage baby-sitter, replaced by older pros


The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about the rise of older, professional caregivers replacing teenage baby-sitters.

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Meet Maile Yoshida, the baby-sitter of the modern parent’s dreams. She’s a cute and chirpy 28-year-old with a degree in communication from USC and more than a decade of child-care experience, including baby-sitting infants as well as children with special needs and behavior issues. She has 18 five-star reviews on, and when meeting prospective families she comes armed with a packet of references, proof of her recent flu and Tdap shots, and her driver’s license number.

Of course, you’ll have to pay: Yoshida charges $20 to $30 an hour based on the number of kids, their ages and how much driving is involved, among other factors. She said her price is non-negotiable.Yoshida calls herself a “career nanny” and explains that baby-sitting isn’t just a way to make money on the side while she figures out what to do with her life. Baby-sitting is what she is doing with her life.”This is my means of income,” she said. “This is what I do for my career.”

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