Finding a reliable sitter is one of those huge hassles of parenthood. Care.com, Facebook posts, asking other parents, reaching out on Nextdoor– as new parents, we spend loads of time searching and vetting sitters to find the best fit for our family, but maybe we should take a little time to make sure we’re the best employers we can be as well. Author and expecting mother Caroline Hogeveen has been a mother’s helper, sitter, and full-time nanny. She’s seen it all, and she’s ready to share her tips on the biggest pitfalls to avoid to keep your sitter happy.
—Be reliable. Don’t change your times back and forth, don’t try to pay less than you agreed to, and never surprise your sitter with extra kids!
—Give some guidance. Sitters don’t need instruction manuals, but a quick explanation of how the bedtime routine works and what foods are favorites can go a long way.
—Please, please don’t be creepy. Don’t argue in front of your sitter or treat them like a therapist. Watching a child is hard enough!
Read more at https://www.romper.com/p/10-things-parents-do-that-annoy-babysitters-15911759