There are so many decisions to make as a mother. From picking out an outfit you want to buy for your child to buying groceries for your family, the endless choices can feel overwhelming and one of the most difficult choices mother’s face is picking a babysitter. Trusting someone enough to watch your children without supervision can seem daunting for any parent, but there are traits you can look out for to ensure that you choose the best babysitter for your kids.
In an age where nearly everyone has some form of social media, checking out a potential babysitter’s social media pages may be beneficial to check what sort of person they are. If they constantly post photos during wild nights out with their friends openly exposing irresponsible or reckless behavior, that may be something to consider before hiring them to look after your children. If you know their name, you can most likely use Google to get a good glimpse of their life outside of babysitting. If their lifestyle seems worrisome to you or does not correspond with your lifestyle, then don’t hesitate to find a babysitter that you feel comfortable being around your young ones.
Another tip to help you choose the right babysitter for your kids is comparing their rates compared to other sitters. Of course, if the babysitter is not in your price range, then you should search until you find something more reasonable. However, even if you can afford their price, make sure it’s not unjustifiably high compared to other sitters. If this is the case, they may be more concerned with cashing in on the job than providing adequate care to the children they look after. With that being said, do not cheat your babysitter out of being paid the proper amount! If you have a good babysitter who does their job, be sure to pay them an adequate amount. Not only is this the moral thing to do, but it will also incentivize your babysitter to do their best job if they are being compensated for their work.
It is also a good idea to speak with a potential babysitter in person or over the phone. Body language and tone of voice can tell you a lot about a person’s character that a resumé cannot. If they appear rushed and impatient and you know your child requires much patience and care, then you may benefit from seeking another sitter. It may not be a bad idea to allow your child to meet them beforehand, as to see how they interact with one another. If your child seems comfortable and happy around them, that is a good sign the babysitter may be right for your child.
Picking a babysitter can be one of the most difficult decisions to make, but taking some basic precautions can make the decision feel less frightening. Doing a basic background check, comparing their rates to other sitters and seeing how they interact with your children can lead you in the right direction to make the best choice for you and your children.