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02/21/14

Parental guidance: Tips to find right babysitter incredibly crucial

Parents pay close attention to everything their kids do, whether that is what they're watching on television, to what they eat or who their friends are. Moms and dad typically don't miss much.
So why wouldn't parents be equally mindful or more so of who's watching their children while they're not home?
Finding the epitome of babysitters sits as one of the most important decisions parents will make when they finally come to the determination that dinner for two at a restaurant is more than just wishful thinking. But before mom and dad opt to break bread together for a romantic evening away from the kids, they have to figure out a game plan that includes pinpointing not just any, old babysitter but one that they feel is a perfect fit.
Plenty of what goes into that selection comes from within as parents must really mull over more than just finding a friend or a teenager that lives close by and will work for a few dollars per hour. The choice is contingent upon seeing this person in action, checking references and truly understanding how your own children operate and what their shortcomings might be when you're not home.
The last item is particularly important if, for example, your kids will be doing homework while your out. Some of the best babysitters are teachers, and having someone around that not only can competently care for your kids and help them with school work is paramount. Teachers turned babysitters also understand how to keep kids on task and regimented, as opposed to sitters who simply sit and turn kids lose on the house.

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Naturally, you have to take into consideration, too, how old your kids are before you make the decision to have a teacher, or anyone who might not be prepared or qualified, take the reigns as a sitter. If you're interested in a babysitter who can handle a baby, then that naturally has to be part of your qualifying criteria.
This may sound a bit obvious, but you might want to interview the babysitter and have them over to do so, especially when the kids are home. It will give you a chance to see the sitter in action, and how the kids interact with he or she. And always ask for references before you make a final decision, so you have direct contact with someone who can vouch for who you ultimately choose.
Babysittingbarter.com provides a unique perspective on finding a babysitter and having parents feel exponentially comfortable with the results. Think of it as parents sharing sitters between other parents and also being put in touch with sitters they can trust that live nearby.
"Today, most people looking for a sitter call or text a friend," said Brian Mannix, founder and CEO of Babysitting Barter. "With Babysitting Barter's Trustworthy Ties, you can see what sitters your Facebook friends are using and who they would recommend."
And finally, if trial and error has taught you anything, you might want to find at least a few babysitting options as you move forward. Chances are slim that your sitter always will be available when you need them, so having two or three terrific choices is ideal. Then again, parents also could always simply opt to stay home should that occur.
In any event, moms and dads don't take too many chances when it comes to the health and well being off their children. Choosing a babysitter falls into that category, and shouldn't be any different.

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