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When you become a parent, it does not mean that you have to be glued to your home at all times, and can never go anywhere without your children. As a parent myself I know how hard it can be to do things without your kids because with all of the crazies out in the world it can be hard finding a reliable sitter. In fact, throughout my kids’ lives, they have only had three sitters and each of them was in their lives for at least a year. Finding a sitter can be tough. However, today I am going to share some tips with you on how you can find the perfect sitter for your kids.
Use a Trusted Sitter Service
One of the best ways to find a sitter is to go through a trusted sitter service, such as Sittercity. This is because you will already be able to find out their background, contact their references, and see reviews that other parents have left.
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Interview the Best Candidates
Once you have narrowed down the prospects reach out to them and schedule in interviews. Of course before doing this you should have already verified their background, checked their references, and read the reviews. I suggest having the kids present, because when I have conducted interviews in the past I was able to tell if I would be able to trust them with my kids from how my kids reacted to them upon the initial meeting. If my kids interacted with them I would make note and if they strayed far away from them I would make a note that I would follow up later and tell them that they were not a good match.
Before starting the interview, it is important to have interview questions written out and as they respond, take notes to review later. I prefer to do in home interviews but you can start with a phone interview first if you feel uncomfortable having someone over after you have only briefly spoken on the phone to them. However, when using a trusted provider such as Sittercity and reviewing background, contacting references, and reading reviews the odds of having a psycho come over is pretty slim, in my opinion anyways.
Making the Decision
One the interviews have been completed it is time to make a decision. When I was unable to narrow down my decision with my last sitter, I gave three sitters a week trial with the kids so I could see how they each were able to handle them. Not everyone is going to be willing to do a trial though, which will help narrowing down the sitter even easier. I also suggest before making the decision on a sitter you Google them. Find them on social media and see what things they do in their off time. My turn offs would be seeing photos of them doing inappropriate things or saying inappropriate things. I shelter my kids from many things and I expect my sitters to abide by the rules that I enforce such as approved cartoons only and no swearing in front of the kids.
Evaluate Thoroughly For the First Month
I am someone who was taught that people could hide their true colors for only so long. So, for the first month after a sitter is hired I recommend following up with the kids each day consistently to see how their day went. Watch out for warning signs from the sitter too, such as lack or energy and enthusiasm, a patronizing attitude, and constant blaming of your child. If you notice that your child becomes excessively clingy, begs you not to leave them with the sitter, has unexplained injuries, starts getting nightmares, or does not care when the sitter leaves it is time for a new sitter. You always have to make sure that you are observant and have an open line of communication with both your child and the sitter. If you need even more of a piece of mind, consider installing a nanny cam.
Having to find your child, a new sitter can be a tough choice. However, hopefully, these tips can make you feel more at ease with doing so.
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