How can we establish good baby-sitter etiquette with our neighbors?

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 or the night that they need us. How can I initiate a (polite) conversation about being respectful of us?


You're not REALLY a parent: a nanny's perspective

It's true. I am not really a parent. I hear it all the time as I walk by and push my stroller with the two 19-month-olds in tow. We go to play dates and lunches, do crafts and sing songs. Most of all? We enjoy our days together as I work hard to create good little humans that will hopefully become good big humans.