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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