We may be great parents, but sometimes we need time for ourselves or someone to help us in our daily organization. Whether you are in a couple with your dad, single mom or blended family, you don’t always have a grandma and grandpa present to pick up your kids at school, or to allow you to have an evening in childfree mode.
Not all parents are lucky enough to have a close family that can help in the daily life with the children or just to relax, so that they don’t just work and take care of the children. In this case, taking a babysitter can be a perfect solution for all those moments when you need help or time for yourself.
HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT BABYSITTER?
We are not going to lie to each other, choosing the person who will take care of our children is not an easy task. First of all because even if we really want (and need) help and a little time for ourselves, we don’t really want to leave our children to anyone. Don’t worry, we have some tips that could help you find the perfect person!
1. USE WORD OF MOUTH
There’s nothing like a person with good references. It will be easier to trust and leave your children more relaxed without stress. So ask your friends, neighbours or colleagues if they know or have a great babysitter. If so, contact her!
2. CONSULT THE SPECIALIZED BABYSITTER SITES
There are several specialized sites where you will find a number of classified ads left by available babysitters, such as Bsit or Yoopies. You will find help with babysitting planning, whether for occasional or more recurring missions. These paid sites (mostly by subscription) allow you to connect with known and recognized babysitters. Another way to make word of mouth work.
3. TAKE A QUALIFIED PERSON
Prefer, for example, students in pedagogy, childcare or future teachers… This will guarantee you a professionalism in the way she will take care of your children, especially if the purpose of this babysitter is to manage the school day and homework until you return from work. In addition, she will certainly have a lot of ideas to keep your children busy in an interesting way!
4. TRUST HIS FEELING
When interviewing candidates, let your feeling speak for itself. This is certainly a less objective criterion than qualifications, but one that must be taken into account. It is useless to take a babysitter with whom you do not feel comfortable.
5. TAKE SOMEONE WHO LIVES NEARBY
It is sometimes interesting to find a babysitter who is available quickly in case of an emergency, especially if you rely on her on a daily basis. So think of the proximity!
6. DO A TEST
A little like acclimatization in a crèche or a babysitter, it is recommended to do a test (or even several) so that your children can get used to this new person, and can tell you what they think about it. Their feelings about this babysitter are just as important as yours, since they will spend time with her.