|When you need to have some time off, or you wish to go on with your work, you are to find someone to take care of your child, while you will not be available. In case if there are grandparents or some other relatives, living not far from your house, it is possible for you to drop your kid off with one of them. However, in case if there is no one available, you will have to look outside the family for a babysitter. |
Each babysitter has her or his own background, her own shape and size. Potential babysitters range from sixth – graders up to grandparents; they can be of either sex, as both males and females prove to be wonderful babysitters. Here come the following steps, you are to take in order to make sure that your child / children will be well taken care of when you are out.
Check Those References
One of the most important qualities of each babysitter is responsibility, patience and steadiness. You will have an access to the babysitter’s qualities if you check references. While communicating with other parents you should not rely on general comments, what you are to do is to ask specific questions, which interest you the most: “does this babysitter arrive on time?”, “Has she or he ever failed to come?”, “Do children look forward to their babysitter’s arrival?” “How does the babysitter handle stressful situations?” Questions like this will help you get some specific information about how reliable and responsible is the person; you would like to take care after your child.
Children Need Change with Age
You should keep in mind, that children of different ages need different kinds of sitters, if your friends have a toddler, and they are crazy about their babysitter, you should not take him or her for your preschooler right away. Remember, taking care of a preschooler requires an enormous amount of energy to be wasted, while taking care of a ten – year old child, who is of no doubt more independent, requires much less energy and quite different skills.
Who is Right for Your Child and Family?
It is extremely important to feel comfortable with the person’s approach to child care, you take as a babysitter for your child / children. If you find that a babysitter is more rigid or, vice versa more lenient with children, than you are, or the babysitter, who does not follow your line of upbringing may not only be confusing, but even damaging to your children.
One of the most usual conflicts, which can possibly arise with babysitters, concerns discipline. Before taking the person to take care of your children, you are to get to know how he or she feels about the way children should behave. You are to be sure, these expectations are reasonable and they dovetail with your expectations. Having reasonable expectations about behavior and ways of taking care about children are extremely important not matter how old the child is, however, they are especially important for babies and toddlers.