Your counter question would be, “But what is so special in it that I have to think over it or learn it?” Imagine for once that you are leaving your child alone with a person you hardly know while that person too does hardly know you or your family. Now you must have started feeling that the task of choosing a babysitter is really not that easy as you had thought. But don’t worry; it is not difficult either.
If you join in a discussion with others equally concerned in the matter, you will be able to proceed with full confidence. So why not start now?
Your first task would be to find out the right person. Take help from your friends and acquaintances and watch out for the ads in your local newspapers. You can put in your own ads too. You can also employ the many agencies or professional organizations that are available today to cater to the babysitting needs of busy parents.
Prepare a list of candidates who appear to be suitable for your purpose. Check whether they had been entrusted earlier with caring for children of your child’s age and had received recommendations. It is also important to know whether they had received training for such jobs.
But the most important thing is to ascertain whether the candidate has the temperament to mix with your child so intimately that the child will forget the age difference. The sitter should join with the child in games. If the child is old enough to understand stories in children’s books the sitter should read stories while explaining the pictures.
Check whether the sitter can readily access important telephone numbers you would be leaving with her and make calls if there ever is an emergency. The sitter should be responsible and intelligent enough to distinguish between your likes and dislikes so far as caring for the child is concerned and strictly adhere to your instructions.
Through the interview process you can know which particular candidate will be able to adjust best with your child by giving him/her full affection, take prompt decisions, and report the day’s happenings neatly on your return. Your child will depend on the babysitter; so choosing the right babysitter depends absolutely on you.
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