It’s one thing to finally find a sitter you feel you feel confident about initially, but how do you know you can consistently trust them to be the kind of babysitter you need for your child? I found an article at babycenter.com to be incredibly reassuring about my own sitter. When I was starting to doubt that I’d made a good decision about who to leave my daughter with on a regular basis, this article really helped me see how great she really is.
If any of the seven things in this article remind you of your babysitter, it may be time to have a heart-to-heart with her. And if there are several red flags, you might want to consider finding a new caregiver.
Do keep in mind, however, that young sitters, such as your neighbour’s 14-year-old daughter, may simply need to be trained in expectations and communication. It may not be that she’s a “bad” babysitter; she may just be inexperienced. Help her learn, help her understand, and if several gentle reminders and helpful corrections don’t seem to change the situation, then it may be time to reconsider her employment.
Don’t settle. This is your child’s well-being we are talking about and it is important! You need to be able to leave your child with this person, go about your tasks, chores, errands, appointments, etc., and not feel a nagging worry that something is wrong, or that your child is unhappy.
Parents need to be confident about their children’s safety and happiness, even when they are not physically with them. So arm yourself with the tips in this article and take on the challenge of finding the best caregiver possible.