With your busy schedule and your children’s endless activities and homework, it might be time to think about hiring some extra help. An afternoon babysitter or part time nanny, could be the solution for you to find a balance in your schedule. But you don’t want just any random person handling your children. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect babysitter fit for your family.
These are reputable sites to help you find childcare. Babysitters have a profile with a picture and are even sometimes background checked online. The profiles have the sitter’s hourly rate, experience, certifications and other help that they are willing to offer while working at your home.
2. Do not use Craigslist:
Anyone can reply to you on Craigslist. This is not a reputable site and you could put yourself in danger meeting with someone on this website.
The initial interview should be held in a public place like a park or a cafe, for your safety and the candidate’s safety. If you like the person you interview, then have another meeting, this can be at your house, to get your kiddos better acquainted with who will be taking care of them while you’re away.
4. Expectations and rules:
Let your sitter know what you expect of them. Do you allow cell phones or electronics? Will there be times that hours will go late? Will you have them running errands or cooking? What are your children’s bedtimes? This is important information for the sitter to know, so that they can keep things in order.
5. Ask a friend:
Perhaps you have a few friends who also have children that require a babysitter. Call them and see if you can exchange babysitting with them. You can offer to take her children one day/evening in exchange for her watching your kids. Another thought is to ask your friends who they use for a babysitter. Strong references are always your best bet!
I wish you luck on your sitter search!