We live in a townhouse and my significant other’s friends live next door. They have a four-year-old son who occasionally needs babysitting. I don’t have a problem babysitting him, but they’ll send us a text only a few hours before on the night that they need us. We don’t want to leave them stranded without a babysitter, but it’s not fair to us and I’d feel guilty saying no if I’m just going to stay in for the night.
How can I initiate a (polite) conversation about being respectful of us? All we would need is a week or so notice, but it never seems to happen. Do we start saying no? — Scout
How have you set up fair baby-sitting arrangements with neighbors or friends?