For Parents…Who Can I Trust to Leave My Children With?

Whether you are a single parent or not, at some point (although you really do love your children) you may find yourself looking for a babysitter. For some people they have a relative or a close friend or neighbor to hold down the fort while they are out. But what if you don’t have that option? How can you find someone to watch your children that you can trust?

STEP 1: FIND A POTENTIAL SITTER

There are many options to find people that will be able to help the family out.

One way is to ask around. Ask other parents who they call watch their kids. Now at least you can get a real life review and see how their sitter interacts with their kids.

Another good way is to use the internet  for advertisements. Flipgigs is a wonderful tool to help find a sitter. Here you can post what types of things you would need a person to do for you under the “gig” portion. You can add anything from “picking Jenny up from school,” to “tutoring Jonny in 2nd grade math.” All interested people will then be able to respond to your ad. It is simple and easy…and it’s all at the price of FREE! What can be better than that?

STEP 2: MAKE CONTACT

Now you think you may have found your “dream babysitter.” But now what? Now is the time to establish contact. Get to know the person a bit more. Trade phone numbers and ask them some questions. How long have you been watching kids? What are the typical ages of the kids that you watch? Are you trained in CPR? What are your methods of discipline? You can also ask if he/she has any references that you could get in contact with.

STEP 3: MEET AND GREET

After establishing the initial contact you may feel like moving on to the next step, meet and greet. Invite the person over for another interview/meet and greet. Have the potential sitter meet with the kids and see how they like each other. Stay a while for a bit and then maybe leave to another room to see how the person and the children act when you are not there staring at them.

STEP 4: BABYSITTING TIME

Now that you feel more comfortable with the person, you may decide to take the plunge and hire them to be a sitter for you. Make sure that you lay out your house ground rules (both for the sitter and your kids). Make sure to give them all important numbers- to contact you, spouse, neighbor, police, fire department, etc.). For the first babysitting day maybe try to be not to far from home. You can call every so often to see how everything is going or even have a neighbor/friend check in every so often. If your circumstances allow, assure the sitter that it is okay to call/text you if they have any questions about certain house rules (if it is okay to let the children watch tv or eat certain things).

ASK YOUR CHILDREN!!!!

(If they are old enough to understand or talk.) Try asking them their opinion on the prospective sitter. They are going to be the ones spending time with that person so make sure that your children like them. Try to talk to them before the first babysitting session, encourage them to behave and to stick to the rules that you have set, but also tell them to see how the babysitter will act while you are gone. Make sure they are able to tell you if they feel uncomfortable in any way, maybe showing them how to use the phone to call you if something goes wrong.

STEP 5: CARRY ON

Hopefully you have been able to find a good and trustworthy caregiver to your children. Soon you may be able to not worry about them while you are busy elsewhere. There are people out there that will be able to fit your needs, it is just a matter of finding them! www.flipgigs.com is a great way to start!

 

 

Posted by: Kiana Valdez

Social Media Marketing Intern at Flipgigs.com

 

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