We are a family who housesit - myself, my husband and 2 boys aged 12 and 10,. We’ve been doing it for a couple of years, but only in school holidays, and so far mainly shorter sits of a week or less.
We started by applying for shorter sits, often at fairly short notice, as we figured we’d stand more chance of being accepted. Most of the sits we’ve done have been tagged as “family friendly” and you can set up a search using this as a filter. It’s probably worth doing a few short sits to get some reviews on your profile before applying for longer sits.
As a larger family, it may not always be clear whether a certain sit would be able to accommodate all of you as home owners don’t always say how many bedrooms are available. Sometimes we can tell from the pictures that there are 2 bedrooms shown, sometimes they tell you how many children they have, so you can work it out!
Most of our sits have been for other families who might identify with us if we have things in common. We have sat for a couple with no children (of the human kind at least!) too. If pets are used to being n a busy environment with children to play with, they may want sitters who are similar. Recently we have been invited directly to a couple of sits, both for families, so we must be doing something right.
You’d need to make it clear on your profile how many of you are in the family, and include photos of the boys with animals, or even get someone to write a reference for the children.