How do I know if I can trust my babysitter with my kids?
I haven’t needed a babysitter to watch my kids since they were born. We always had family members who were more than willing to help out. But we have moved away from all of our family and now we need someone to watch my kids. I honestly don’t even know what to look for in a babysitter. I want someone nice and who is good with my kids, but I don’t know how I’m going to trust them enough to leave them with my kids. As I said, this is the first time someone who is not a family member who knows the kids and who knows us will be watching them. I just need some help figuring out how to trust the babysitter before leaving.
This is a crucial question. From my own experience, one of the things that laid a good foundation to trusting my babysitter was that I was able to recruit them from a reputable 'Childcare: Babysitters'/nanny agency after I did my own research on the internet and by word of mouth from people I knew. Babysitters from such agencies would have been thoroughly interviewed, vetted and trained to cater for your children needs. This step alone did put my mind at ease. However, I think if you want to go a step further, you can still do further research and background check on the person the agency is recommending for you. You can Google their name, have a feel of the person from their social media and make sure all information tally with the one your agency sent to you. I trusted my instincts, I believe first impression will tell you a lot about a person. Another thing will be to ask your children what they think about the babysitter.
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Trusting the person who is watching your kids is super important. Hiring them from a website that runs background checks before letting them accept clients is a good way of making sure they don’t have a criminal history. You can also do some research on social media and do a google search. Something I recommend you do is ask the babysitter to come over and watch the kids for a little bit while you are in the house. Say you have some last-minute work assignment that you can do from home or something. This way you can listen in to see how they are with your kids and step in if anything raises a red flag for you.