by Carrie Tacca of safetyfirstjax.com
In addition to SAFETY, here are some other qualities that should be considered:
Has she watched kids before?
Can you have an adult conversation with this person, even if she is young? Has she demonstrated maturity, such as good grades in school and/or involvement and commitment to an extracurricular activity?
TRUSTWORTHY/RELIABLE Check her references. Find out what other parents or employers have to say about her.
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS - When you interview your potential babysitter and/or meet her for the first time, notice such things as: Does she look you in the eye, speak clearly, answer all of your questions, and ask intelligent questions of you about your children and your home?
FUN - Yes, you want your babysitter to be FUN, as well, but fun is not the most important quality. Being fun is a great runner-up to these other important qualities.
Every parent needs a night out from time to time…..give yourself that break, but do your due diligence first in hiring the right babysitter to watch your kids!
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