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What Kids Want In A Babysitter

Kids are unique individuals.  Each child will have specific things that will tend to make him/her feel more or less bonded with his/her babysitter.  While one child may respond well to a babysitter that is mild mannered and enjoys reading books to him/her, another child may prefer a babysitter that is high energy and enjoys […]

Why Hire a Babysitter?

You are a first-time parent.  Why should you hire a babysitter for your new little bundle of joy? 1.      So you and your spouse or partner can have a date night periodically.  These date nights keep the spark going in your relationship when breast pumps, dirty diapers, and regurgitated milk would otherwise diminish the spark. […]

Why Is It So Difficult to Find the Right Caregiver for Your Family?

Your family needs a nanny, a babysitter, or an eldercare giver.  It’s tough.  You don’t know where to begin.  Should you run a help-wanted advertisement?  How will you know who is a good candidate and who is not?  Is the drawing pool from the advertisement sufficiently large to give you a good array of candidates […]

Ho Ho Ho-ly Cow! Where Am I Going to Find A Babysitter at This Time of Year?!

The holiday season is hectic at best.  Your usually busy schedule becomes almost unmanageable when you add the spate of personal and professional holiday parties, all the holiday shopping (most of which has to be done when you’re not with your kids so they don’t have a preview of their Christmas gifts), and the myriad […]

Stay-at-Home Moms Going Back to Work

You have two grade-school aged children at home, and you have loved being able to be a stay-at-home mom for them.  With pressures from the current economy, however, you now need to re-enter the workforce.  How do you address your feelings of guilt for leaving your children while you go to work?  How do you […]

Is Your Babysitter a Positive Caregiver?

You want your babysitter to be a positive caregiver for your children.  What behaviors should you be looking for?  Does your babysitter: smile easily? laugh easily? exhibit good eye contact? speak using a variety of pitches or tones? discuss the silver lining in each cloud? discuss the future with anticipation and excitement? give praise or […]

What Do You Do with Your Kids When School Is Not in Session?

You work a full-time job.  Your three kids, all school-aged, have summer breaks, Christmas breaks, and various other weekdays off periodically throughout the year.  What do you do with your kids when they are not in school but you need to be at work? You can ask a friend or family member to watch your […]

Transitioning to a New Nanny or Babysitter

Your only child is starting school.  You no longer need a full-time nanny: a part-time nanny or babysitter is what you will need going forward (at least until next summer).  How do you prepare your child for the transition? Have a clear plan for who your new part-time nanny/babysitter will be and what will happen […]

Preparing Your Children to Visit You in the Hospital

You’re in the hospital: you’ve just had surgery for a non-life-threatening condition.  Your children want to visit you in the hospital.  How do you prepare them for what is to come? Hospital visits minimize separation anxiety and reassure your children that you are ok.  However, young children (more so than older children) who are allowed […]

Babysitting: Is It Worth the Investment?

OK, so you want to run a cost-benefit analysis on babysitting.  Very logical.  Let’s start with the cost of having a babysitter watch your children periodically.  The average babysitter pay is between $5 and $18 per hour.  There are a number of variables that determine the cost per hour of a babysitter.  Those variables include […]