When hiring a babysitter you might like to keep these tips in mind.
By Amy Elliot – My Mini Minders
1. A babysitter should always communicate anything relevant they have noticed during the sitting. Whether it be an incident that has occurred or behavioural trends. Just as at school, parents need to know about a bump on the knee or their next Picasso finger painting.
2. A babysitter should approach every sitting with energy and be charismatic at all times, regardless of what is happening in their own lives…it’s important to always be the new toy.
3. While babysitting in a hotel or somewhere away from the child’s home, a babysitter should always bring their own entertainment or toys. The bubble bath liquid only goes so far.
4. A babysitter should ALWAYS do the dishes and leave a kitchen ‘tidy’ so that the parents can return to their children first before the Kleenex.
5. A babysitter should always make note of any items in the pantry that need replacing, especially milk… sleepy kids at 7am don’t have time to wait for the milk bar to open.
6. A babysitter should always assure the bed is made after waking a child. Whether this be the duty of the babysitter or the child themselves (depending on age).
7. A babysitter should always give forward notice if they suspect they are going to be late to a sitting. Parents might read their children’s minds but this can’t be said for that of the sitter.
8. A babysitter should refrain from requesting parents estimated time of arrival during a sitting, especially at night time. This comes across as rushing the parents and no one likes to skull a glass of wine.
9. A babysitter’s first priority is always the children and that begins from the moment they enter the home…or sometimes before as little people are often the best at opening doors…and hiding behind them :).
10. If all of the above apply to your babysitter, find a way to keep them. You can bet that if you love them, another family does too and the babysitting game is competitive! 😉
p.s. Babysitters are tentative to help themselves to anything in the pantry so if you have left food/items for them, let them know.