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Tips For Hiring the Perfect Babysitter

The following is an article by Kelly Turner that was published on kidglue.com and includes information and advice from Candi Wingate.

Your children are more precious than anything in the world, so when it comes to who looks after them when you cannot, picking someone you are comfortable with and can trust is one of the hardest decisions you can make.

  • Make a list of your requirements. Before you start the interview process, it’s a good idea to figure out what you’re looking for, being sure to include the hours you require, the amount of experience you’re looking for, the type of childcare philosophy and values, and whether any household duties will be involved.
  • Ask the right questions. These could include things like the number of years the applicant has had as a childcare provider, what type of training (CPR, First Aid, child psychology), what ages they are used to, and what their ideas are on child rearing.
  • Include your child. Whether your child is an infant or of school age, it’s a good idea to have your child present during the interview. That way, you can get an idea of how a potential babysitter will be interacting with your child.
  • Communicate your discipline style. The babysitter must be able to relate with your family and administer discipline to your children in a manner that is appropriate and consistent with your family’s boundaries. You and your babysitter should discuss, prior to hiring, the discipline style that your family would like the babysitter to use.
  • Decide on what’s too much. The babysitter should be capable of handling small “crises” on his/her own. You and your babysitter should come to an agreement about what issues may warrant a call to you and what issues the babysitter is authorized to handle on his/her own. Your babysitter should be able to act comfortably within the boundaries you have provided.

You have a few responsibilities, too. Babysitter and parents are a partnership, so keep the lines of communications open. If you are going to be late, let your babysitter know. Make sure you pay them on time, and recognize anything extra they do for you or your child. Chances are, they aren’t doing it for recognition, but a little ‘Thank You’ can go a long way.