Always judge a family by their pantry.
  1. Take-out
    The best babysitting gigs were the ones where the parents gave you money and a drawer-full of menus to choose from.
  2. On-brand ice-cream
    Specifically: Ben & Jerry's, Edy's, and Häagen Dazs.
  3. HBO
    I would settle for basic cable with a solid on-demand selection, too.
  4. Trampoline
    By far one of the easiest ways to entertain children that I actually enjoyed.
  5. Early bed-times.
    Rolling up at 7 and the kid goes to bed at 7:30 was the best. Especially when the parents don't get home until 11. ($$$)