One of the hardest things to do as a young couple with children is to leave them. It is even harder to leave them with someone else such as a babysitter. While it is completely necessary to use a babysitter for going out or running errands, it's still hard to know you won't be there for your child if something happens. This is exactly why you need to choose the best babysitter you can find to leave your child with. This article will help you choose a babysitter.
Get referrals. The best way to find a babysitter is to ask friends and family for any referrals. This will help you get an idea of what other people look for in a babysitter and give you a list of babysitters that people have used. You can use this list to begin the next step.
Interview the candidate. After you have developed a list of potential babysitters from friends and family, you can call them for an initial interview. This interview is much like that of a job interview, but even more important. This is your child you will be leaving them with, so you want to know as much about them as possible. Ask questions about how long they have babysat for and what age of children they usually babysit. This should give you an understanding of what experience and background the person has in babysitting.
Do a test run. Once you have narrowed your choice down to a few potential babysitters you will want to see how he or she interacts with your child. Have them come over for a day or night, while you are there, and watch the child. Try to stay out of their way and allow them to act as if no one else were in the house but them and the child. This way you can observe how they react to certain situations and how your child relates to them.
Make the final cut. After you have done the above steps you will want to sit down with your wife or husband and all of your children. Go over the potential candidates and see what was best about each one. Even though a babysitter may have a lot of experience, he or she may still not be the best fit for you child. Ask for you child's feedback and see who they best connected with.
This is not a decision to take lightly. Take your time when choosing whom you leave your child or children with.
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