Three Steps to Choosing A Babysitter

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Every parent needs a babysitter at some point. If you’re lucky, a family member or friend can help you, but for some, hiring out is the only option. However, as a parent, you know this isn’t a light task - you’re putting your child’s safety in someone else’s hands. For this reason, being thorough is imperative. 
If the time has come for you to hire a babysitter and you’ve got your list of candidates, be sure to follow these three very important steps.
1. Interview
This is an absolutely must! Prior to interviewing applicants, prepare a list of questions you would like to ask each applicant. If you’re having a hard time getting your list started, try looking over pre-made questions lists like this one from or this one from sittercity. Some of the attributes you should be looking for are:
  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety Consciousness
  • Honesty
  • Reliability
  • Experience
  • Common Sense
  • Responsibility
  • Fondness of Children
2. Check References
Check the references you collect from each candidate. Ask the references about the candidate's strengths and weakness, punctuality, their reason for ending employment and general performance. You may want to request a friend and/or family member as one of their references as well to inquire as to their behavior outside of work.
3. Trust Your Instincts
Maybe one of the most important part of choosing a babysitter is trusting your instincts. If someone looks good on paper but gives you the feeling that something isn’t quite right, it’s best to go with that. Alternatively, if someone doesn’t meet every one of your requirements but you get the sense that they’re the one, don’t hesitate to give them a try (assuming there are no major red flags you would be ignoring).
Finding a babysitter that is right for your family is well worth the time and effort. As you know, who you trust your child with is a big deal. It’s not a task that many parents take lightly.

By: Alecia Stanton

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