I don’t travel with children so I can’t offer any specific advice in that regard. But just some general thoughts.
No one who joins the platform is guaranteed to get sits, regardless of their status. But you definitely won’t get any if you don’t join!
The cost of membership, while higher than other sites, is still a pretty small investment considering how much people can save on accommodation on even just a few short sits, let alone doing this on a regular or semi-regular basis.
There are a number of forum members who sit as a family so it is definitely possible. So I would recommend taking the leap and signing up for a membership if this is something you are seriously interested in pursuing.
But the reality is, getting sits as a family could prove more challenging. There are myriad reasons HO’s may not accept family applications from their home not being kid-friendly or big enough, to their pets not reacting well to children, to worrying about an increased risk of damage to their home and belongings.
Luckily, HOs have the option to ‘tag’ their listing as family-friendly, which will save you time in only reaching out to homeowners who have indicated they are open to hosting children in their home. These listings may not be as abundant, but with the number available on THS (always in the thousands) even a smaller percentage can add up to significant opportunities. And the fact they are marked as such means there are HOs who are clearly willing to have children in their home.
Technically you could apply to any sit, and you may have someone who wasn’t considering families be open to it–though if they explicitly say their sit isn’t suitable for children, I wouldn’t do this. I know many single and couple sitters sometimes find luck applying to a sit requesting one or the others and the HO offers it to them.
But as a family, I don’t know if I would engage with that strategy as much in applying to sits not marked ‘family friendly’…I think the success rate on that would probably be a lot lower, leading to a lot of wasted time, rejections and discouragement.
It’s one thing for a single sitter to assure a HO who believes their isolated location is more suitable for a couple, that they would be just fine on their own ,and are used to such sits, and quite another to ask a HO to reconsider their preference for a single sitter and accept an entire family.
A common piece of advice and I think a good one would be applying to some local sits, where the possibility of meeting in person may help your chances. Though even more local HOs may not feel this is necessary, and it isn’t something you technically need to offer, but it may work in your favor.
I say just take the leap!