Every couple values a good date night, especially once you add a few children into the mix. With date night comes the pressure of finding a reliable babysitter. Not only are the parents left worrying about leaving their children for the night, they also have to worry about proper babysitting etiquette. It is very hard to find a babysitter you completely trust with your children and that your children connect with and want to be with. When you do find that perfect babysitter for your family, you don’t want to let her go. Lucky for you, the parents have the easier part of the bargain. You don’t really need to do much to keep your babysitter happy. Here are just a few tips that will keep your babysitter coming back for more:
*Let the babysitter know what time they should arrive at your house well in advance (a few days before is great) and never cancel last minute unless it’s an absolute emergency. Your babysitter was depending on making money and probably cancelled/turned down plans in order to babysit.
*Don’t leave a sick child with a babysitter unless you have an event you ABSOLUTELY have to go to. If you need to go an event, try to leave your child with a family member instead. It’s not fair to the babysitter to expose her to a sickness and your child would much rather have you or a grandparent taking care of them when they are sick.
*Provide food for the sitter. If they aren’t babysitting during a meal time, make sure there are snacks available and that she knows she can eat them.
*Leave a list of important phone numbers in case of an emergency.
*Arrive home when you say you are going to (or at least within 15-20 minutes of that time). The babysitter might have other plans or a parent might be expecting her home at a certain time. If you cannot avoid being late, call the babysitter and let her know.
*Make sure you aren’t under paying. Check with friends and family members what they pay their babysitters.
When you hire a babysitter, you become the employer- the boss. Make sure that the babysitter has everything they need and that all their questions are answered. Make yourself available for them to ask you questions and come to you with concerns. Not only does the babysitter need to connect with your children, she needs to connect with you as well.
Now, go practice your ‘lipstick confidence’ on your next date night- you deserve it!
P.S. Babysitters, stay tuned for next week’s post (hint, hint)!