Tips for Leaving Your Children With a Babysitter
I know in these tough economic times hiring a babysitter is a luxury. However, I think it is important to make room in your budget for date nights because a healthy marriage = a healthy family. If your kids aren’t use to having a babysitter here are a few tips to help everyone be better prepared.
If time allows, have the babysitter meet your children before the actual outing. Personally, I wouldn’t want someone babysitting my kids who was a total stranger, but sometimes that happens.
If at all possible start by leaving for shorter periods of time so your child and the care giver get use to each other.
Tell your children in advance that you will be spending the evening out and that someone will be coming to care for them.
Write everything down for the sitter. Important phone numbers, bedtime schedules, chores, and television or computer rules should all be on paper so there are no questions. If you allow your children to pick the peas out of their tuna casserole make sure the care giver knows details like this as well. Remind your children that all this information has been made available to the caregiver so they are less likely to try and “get away” with something.
Leave a clean home. Many times I have heard parents complaining about coming home to a messy home after a sitter, only to find out they left the home messy to begin with. You are hiring a caregiver not a maid. If you would like your house picked up too make sure you discuss that with your sitter before you leave.
Be on time. If you hired your sitter for three hours, return in three hours. If extenuating circumstances cause you to be late, consider that overtime and pay your sitter accordingly.
Relax. Don’t call your home repeatedly while you are out checking on the kids. The caregiver is busy with your kids and constant phone calls make their job harder.
Visit The Happy Housewife for more tips on how to make it easy for someone to watch your children.
Toni Anderson is a member of the BornFree Mom Panel.
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