My biggest criteria is that a babysitter keeps my kids alive and happy while I’m away. Seriously. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
I invest a lot of time finding sitters that are mature and wise enough to care for a child with severe food allergies. And I put in some effort on the front end to make sure they have a good experience and little room to fail – such as preparing meals in advance and cleaning up the house so they are comfortable (and not judging me… ).
But some babysitters are better than others. And some are actually amazing. I had a new sitter today who blew away my expectations… and it got me thinking about what she did that really stood out to me. So I put together a list of things I really appreciate:
15 ways to be an awesome babysitter
- arrive on time
- pay close attention when I give (food, activity) instructions
- ask questions
- play with my kids, not just “watch them” – show interest in them!
- keep texting/talking to friends to a minimum or not at all
- encourage the kids to clean up after themselves after each activity
- pick up after themselves, too
- write down what the kids ate (serious bonus)
- give me a quick run down of what activities they did when I get home
- have the kids make their beds (whoa)
- wash the dishes from the meal they served, or at least put them in the dishwasher
- wash the dining room table and counters
- thank ME for the opportunity to watch my kids
- tell me they’d like to come back again
- shake my hand
Again, just keeping my kids alive and happy? most important.
Parents, I’d love to hear what your expectations are when you have a sitter and what makes a sitter awesome in your eyes!
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