Babysitting

What you need to know about babysitting

Leaving your child with someone else for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience for a parent. There are so many aspects you must look into when choosing the right babysitter. There was a time when the average babysitter was the neighborhood teenage girl. These days, however, the average teenage girl is a bit more on the wild side and far less responsible for their age, so you have to dig a bit deeper when looking into babysitting. With this in mind, here are a few very helpful babysitting tips.

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Advertising for Babysitters

As a responsible and loving parent, it is your responsibility to provide the best child care, and that includes finding a reliable babysitter. You can start by running ads for babysitting jobs in your local paper. No doubt you will get countless phone calls from people claiming to be the perfect babysitter for your child. As the calls come in, separate those who have potential from the more uncertain ones by asking them if they have a resume with references you can contact. If they say no, let them go. If they say yes, then ask them if they would be available to come by with their resume for an interview.

Interviewing Your Babysitter

Make certain that both parents are present. Run your interview in a professional manner, asking about the individual's past and former babysitting jobs. You will want someone who has sat with a child that is in the same general age range as your children. Take note of their actions and reactions. If, for example, the person seems overly nervous, they're likely not the babysitter for you.

The Babysitter's Resume

As you peruse this person's resume, look for instances of actual field experience, but also look for such things as babysitting courses. It is rare these days to find an individual that has actually devoted enough to babysitting as a career to have taken an actual babysitting course, so seeing this on a resume is a big plus. Call all the resources on the resume. If they all come back positive, move on to the next step.

Babysitter Backgrounds

Always do a background check on your potential babysitter. There are too many instances of former felons turning to the one job where they don't think a background check will be used. Generally, your local police department will do this for you free of charge.

Babysitting Rates

If your babysitter candidate has made it this far, then there is a pretty good chance that you have found the right person. The last thing up for discussion is the babysitting rates. How much do you pay this individual? If your babysitter is experienced, the rate won't be cheap, but it will be fair. The days of teenage girls babysitting for $10 a night are gone. You should expect to pay minimum wage, if not more, but don't let this turn you off on a professional babysitter.

Don't be hasty when choosing your babysitter. Take your time and make sure that your little ones are in the hands of a mature, responsible and safe person. Make sure this person has the same general attitude towards children as you do, as he or she may have a major babysitting role in your child's life over time.