Finding a good babysitter that you can trust with your kids is tough. So how do you know if you have a good sitter?
Here are some signs of a good sitter to watch for.
- Your child warms up to the sitter and the sitter is excited to see your child.
- She respects your time and arrives on time or a little bit early.
- Your child is clean and the house is tidy when you get home.
- Accidents will happen, but she’ll make safety a priority.
- She’ll stay connected to you. She’ll send you a quick text to let you know your kids are alright.
Once you have found a good sitter, how do you keep her. Here are some things we can do.
- Offer to drive them home, unless they have their own car or a parent is already picking them up.
- Pay in cash. Depending on the age of your sitter they might not have a bank account opened. Giving them a check takes more time out of the parents schedule and might be inconvenient to them.
- Show up on time. If you tell the sitter you’ll be home at 10 pm and you show up at midnight, they might not be so willing to babysit for you next time you call. If you are going to be late, call or text her so she isn’t worried about you either.
- Have a treat for your sitter. Once she gets the kids in bed she can have something fun to munch on till you get home.
- Write down a list of things the kids should or shouldn’t do. This gives her a guideline so she’s not winging it with your kids.
How much do you pay a babysitter?
I searched the web about how much the average going rate was, and it is different in all states. The range was from $8.00 to $18.00 an hour. When you call a sitter you want to ask her what she charges an hour, but also ask her how much per child. If you’re going to be longer than the time you gave her, you’ll want to give her a tip.
When you find someone you trust with your kids, you want to keep them.