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 affirmations to others often?
- employ friendly, open body language and facial expressions?
- exhibit empathy, compassion, and patience instead of criticism?
- forgive quickly and easily?
- seek to understand perspectives that differ from her own?
- promptly and correctly identify problems and their solutions?
- identify problems as learning or growth opportunities?
- exhibit a love of learning, socialization, and health/wellness?
- exhibit self-awareness and self-acceptance?
- model behaviors associated with establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries?
- adapt easily to change?
- remain calm when circumstances are hectic?
- embrace feedback with an open mind?
- lead by example?
Your children learn by example. When you model positive behaviors and choose a babysitter that does the same, you set the stage for your children’s own positive behaviors.