As a parent with a busy schedule, you rely immensely on your babysitters. Whether you have a daily nanny or a casual babysitter for date nights, it is important that you treat this person with the utmost respect and give them the tools they need to provide great service. Professional babysitters are here to help you with these tips for what NOT to do next time you book your sitter.
Don’t Fail to Understand the Personal Nature of Babysitting
Babysitting is unlike most services in that it is deeply personal, and most babysitters find it hard to discuss things like money and feeling taken advantage of when the whole family is involved. Finding someone you truly trust to keep your children happy and safe is hard enough. Once you’ve found that person, find ways to keep this person coming back every time you need help.
Don’t Put Off Payment
It’s the end of the day or, perhaps, very early in the morning by the time you come home. The first thing you should do is pay your sitter. In fact, you should have your check or correct amount of cash ready well before you come home. There’s nothing worse than miscalculating hours and underpaying your sitter. Your sitter works hard to take care of your children while you’re out of the house. It is critical that you pay them fairly and on-time. They’re not likely to come back if you’re not paying what you’ve promised. If they accept mobile payments like Venmo, that conversation needs to happen before you leave the house, and pay them as soon as possible.
Don’t Suddenly Change Their Hours
After you’ve scheduled your sitter for a specific time, don’t change their start time at the last minute. They have things to do and have scheduled their day around the times you’ve set. Changing their start time at the last minute is inconsiderate of the other things they have going on. Equally as important is being home when you say you’ll be home. If you plan on staying out until 1:00 AM, then be truthful. The worst thing for your sitter is to think that you’ll be home at 10:00 PM only to discover that they’ll be there waiting until the wee hours of the morning.
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