Leaving your child in the care of another can be a very difficult for many parents. While it’s important for couples to have some time for themselves, concern about the safety and security of their children makes many parents hesitate to use babysitters.
1. Ask friends for recommendations of good babysitters. The best prediction of what a babysitter will do is their record of how they have cared for children in the past.
2. Initially ask the babysitter to take care of your child while you are at home, perhaps in another part of the house doing something else.
3. Make sure you are explicitly clear with the babysitter concerning disciplining your child, as well as use of the computer, TV, eating food, etc.
4. Spend some time getting to know your babysitter. Ask about their interests and hobbies and show concern about them as people.
5. Go with your gut on this one. If you are at all hesitant about using a particular babysitter, do not have her back.
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