babysitting 101 - best practice for parents and babysitters
[1/7] -- Be careful!
Get to know the babysitter in advance. If there are doubts at the beginning, consider looking for someone else.
[2/7] -- Consider your needs!
You should choose the babysitter according to your needs. An infant has got different needs than a school kid, therefore it is necessary to choose the babysitter wisely.
[3/7] -- Be helpful!
Inform the babysitter about the child (e.g. medical conditions) and about any ground rules that exist in the family (rituals, eating habits, TV times, sleeping times, etc.)
[4/7] -- Pay attention to details!
Make sure, that the babysitter has got a telephone number at his disposal, where he can reach you. Furthermore, it is advised to prepare the babysitter for unforeseen events (e.g. location of medical cabinet).
[5/7] -- Be loyal!
Do not change the babysitter too often, if you do not want your child to feel insecure. It gives the child a sense of security, if the same person always babysits.
[6/7] -- Be interested!
Do not hesitate to call the babysitter during the babysitting session in order to get an update on the children's situation.
[7/7] -- Be talkative!
Review the session at the end by asking the babysitter if everything was okay, if he was well perceived or if something special happened.
[1/8] -- Be criticial!
Always try to make sure that the babysitting request is serious and only accept it if you are really sure that you can handle it efficiently.
[2/8] -- Be prepared!
It is essential that you have the parents' telephone number at your disposal in order to immediately call them in an emergency situation.
[3/8] -- Be even more prepared!
Furthermore, it is advised that you know all the important emergency numbers, especially 112 (ambulance, fire department) and 113 (police).
[4/8] -- Be respectful!
Respect the ground rules of the family (rituals, eating habits, TV times, sleeping times, etc.) and individual medical characteristics.
[5/8] -- Be one step ahead!
Make sure to have planned a comfortable and exciting stay in order to facilitate your babysitting session. (e.g. movie night, board games, etc.)
[6/8] -- Be careful!
Try to make sure to not let the children out of sight. You are paid to keep an eye on them, so that nothing happens to them, while you're there.
[7/8] -- Be focused!
Do not spend all the time on the phone or do not invite any friends over. You can do both these things when you are not currently babysitting.
[8/8] -- Be polite!
Always try to be open and friendly to children and parents, in order for them to approach you for another babysitting session in the future.
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