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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 […]

Would You Hire a Teen Babysitter?

When you think of the traits that you seek in a caregiver for your children, you may create a list of adjectives like responsible, mature, dependable, and level-headed.  These are terms not typically associated with teens.  Does that mean you should not hire a teen babysitter?  The answer is that it depends.  Read on for […]

Babysitters Helping with Homework

You babysit a family of two kids every afternoon from the time the kids get out of school to the time the parents get home from work.  Among your responsibilities as a babysitter, you are to help the kids with their homework.  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that task. Speak with […]

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 […]

Fun Things Babysitters Can Do with Kids during the Holiday Season

You’re a babysitter . . . not just any babysitter . . . no, you’re a GREAT baby sitter.  You want to help make the holiday season wonderful for the kids that are in your care.  Here are some fun things you can do with your kids this holiday season.  (Note: make sure that you […]

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 […]

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 […]