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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 active play outdoors.  That being said, there are some commonalities among the things that kids want in a babysitter.  Below are the most common traits that kids want in their babysitter.

  • Reliable:  Kids need to be able to count on their babysitter.  If a babysitter no call/no shows or cancels a babysitting appointment with limited notice, kids can experience rejection, disappointment, and damaged trust.
  • Consistent:  Kids need to be able to know what to expect of their babysitter.  If a babysitter has unpredictable mood swings, punishes or permits behaviors inconsistently, etc., kids can experience confusion, rejection, disappointment, and damaged trust.
  • Understanding, nurturing, and personal affinity:  Kids need to feel that their babysitter understands them for the unique individuals that they are, nurtures them, and genuinely likes them, even when their behaviors are not easily likeable.  If a babysitter struggles in any of these three areas, kids can experience rejection, disappointment, and damaged trust.     
  • Fun:  Kids need to have fun with their babysitter.  What that fun is will vary with the personalities of the kids.  Good babysitters plan fun activities around the interests of the kids in their care.  One child may call a snowball fight fun, whereas another child may find snowball fights cold and injurious.  One child may call playing board games fun, whereas another child may find board games boring.  If a babysitter is not considered fun by the kids in their care, kids can experience rejection and disappointment.
  • Safe:  Kids need to feel safe with their babysitter.  If a babysitter does not make the kids in their care feel safe, kids can experience rejection, disappointment, and damaged trust.

All good babysitters strive to excel in all areas above.  These are the babysitters parents should seek; these are the babysitters that kids love.

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