12 Ways to Find a Babysitter You Trust to Watch Your Children
Leaving a child in the hands of a babysitter while you head to work or out for the evening out can be daunting, especially with a new sitter. While finding a babysitter you trust is not a simple feat, rest assured there are caring, loving, and reliable babysitters out there. Here’s how to find them and make the relationship work.
Keep tabs on social media gong forward
After a few babysitting sessions, Kelly says he sends friend requests to his sitters. “It is a great way to build a relationship and keep in touch outside of the very short periods of time at the beginning and end of a job,” he says. “It also allows me a little insight in to what the sitter is doing when he isn’t babysitting.” You can also see if he is posting on Instagram or Facebook accounts when he is supposed to be actively watching your child (you may, for example, be OK with social media use after your child’s bedtime). (Here are things you should never share about your kids on social media.)
Be a good boss
Sitters tend to respond to mutual respect, says Edwards. “Build that trust on your end by being a great employer. To do that, notice the things that are above and beyond and say thank you,” like sweeping the kitchen floor or caring for your child’s ‘ouchy’ with special TLC,” she adds. “You’ll can tell a great sitter by your child’s reaction to her; if your child smiles when the sitter arrives and cries when she leaves, you’ve got a great one. Parents should also text or call when they’re on the way home so the sitter has a chance to tidy up.” Communication is key to the successful building of trust, and a bit of mutual flexibility goes a long way.