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The Babysitter Box

The babysitter box is a box that you fill with everything a babysitter might need while you are away.  What should you include in the box? Emergency contact list (names, telephone numbers, and the circumstances under which they should be called) Timeline of what to do and when, including the bedtime routine and when you […]

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 Become a Babysitter?

You are a teenager looking for a job.  Or maybe you are a stay-at-home mom looking to supplement your family’s income.  Or maybe you are a mature individual who loves kids and is looking for fun activities on which to spend some time.  For these and myriad other reasons, people choose to become babysitters.  What […]

When Your Child Doesn’t Want a Babysitter

You and your spouse are planning a night out for just the two of you, but your child doesn’t want a babysitter.  You will not leave your child home alone.  Are you and your child at an impasse?  Read on for tips on how to proceed. 1.      Ask your child why s/he doesn’t want a […]

Sitter Sharing

You want to set up a sitter sharing arrangement.  You and your two best friends are on a budget.  You never get date nights with your husbands.  It’s time to do something about that.  Here is how you can set up a sitter sharing arrangement. First, you and your two best friends need to ask […]

What to Look for in a Pet Sitter

You and your family are planning a family vacation.  Your pets prefer to stay at home.  So, you’ve decided to hire a temporary pet sitter to attend to your pets while you are away.  What should you look for in a pet sitter? Your pet sitter should have clean background checks. (For example, no history […]

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 […]

Mom’s Tips to Babysitters: How to Put Kids to Bed with Minimum Fuss

As Moms, we know that some kids go to bed easily.  They do what you ask them to do in a timely and compliant manner.  Oh, but then there are those kids who beg for five more minutes of play time or drag out the bedtime ritual . . . and the kids who lay […]

California’s “Babysitter Bill”

We here at Care4hire.com try not to get entangled in political debates of the day.  However, the State of California is considering passing legislation that affects childcare providers, and we think the bill merits our (and your) attention. Under AB 889, household employers (i.e., parents) who hire a babysitter would be legally obligated to pay […]

A Positive Babysitter?

You want your babysitter to be a positive caregiver for your children.  What behaviors should you be looking for when interviewing babysitter candidates?  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? (This information can be obtained by […]