Selecting The Right Babysitter (Part 1 of 2)

Whether you are a single working mother, a stay-at-home dad in desperate need of some “you time”, or a couple wanting a special date night, babysitters can come in pretty darn handy. Still, if you aren’t comfortable with the person you’ve chosen to provide child care in your absence, chances are the time you spend away from the kids will prove more stressful than being there to care for them yourself. In extreme circumstances, hasty or careless selection of a care provider can put a child in serious danger.

Here are some tips to help you make sure you’re doing everything possible to ensure quality care for your young ones while you’re away:

1. Ask trusted friends and family members who they would recommend from personal experience.

2. Look for someone older, rather than younger. Though more expensive, a babysitter over the age of 20 is likely to be more responsible, more able to understand risks, and generally take the task more seriously than a younger person who, in all actuality, still needs some amount of supervision themselves. Of course, this will vary greatly depending on the individual– so make sure you find out more about them than simply their numerical age.

3. In order to properly screen prospective child care providers, take time out to meet with them in your home. Discuss the job description and pay, tell them about your child’s personality and any behavioral problems that may be present, but spend the most amount of time talking about the individual that is being considered for the position. Ask about their upbringing, educational background, interests, hobbies, family status, health problems, etc. The goal is to be able to make educated judgments about what type of person they are and how good of a fit they are likely to be.

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