Finding a babysitter that you trust with the care and protection of your children can be difficult. And the added pressure of choosing someone who gets along well with your family is especially daunting.
Thankfully, the following tips will help simplify the babysitter-selection process:
- Hire a sitter who is at least 16 years of age
- Ensure that the sitter has taken CPR and other relevant courses
- Invite the sitter to spend time with you and your children before you hire him or her for the job. This will allow your children to acclimate and give you some insight into how the sitter interacts with your family
- Conduct a thorough interview and be sure to check references. Ask questions related to experience, availability, and cooking ability
- Trust your gut. Oftentimes, you will be able to get a good sense of what a person is like in the first 10 minutes of meeting with him or her. If your instincts are telling your something, it’s best to follow them.
When interviewing candidates, it’s good to keep the information of one or two backup sitters in case your top choice falls through.