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4 important steps to the babysitter vetting process

July 9, 2014

When it comes to the safety and well-being of your pride and joy - your children - there's no such thing as being too careful. And while only 4 percent of the crimes committed against children under the age of 6 stem from babysitters, it's still an alarming rate when you stop and think about it.

For the most part, though, babysitters are good people who are interested in the safety and protection of those they care for. You still want to be sure you're hiring the right person, which you should be able to determine through a reliable vetting process.

When you're looking to hire a babysitter, consider asking these questions to help you narrow down the person that's best suited to fill the role.

1. What kind of experience do they have babysitting? Everyone has to start somewhere, but you should ideally hire someone who has a good track record that can be verified. Ask for some specific references for families they've babysat for, as well as what types of services they provided.

2. Is there anything they refuse to do? The ideal candidate will stop at nothing to be of service. However, there are some tasks that babysitters simply won't do, such as change a diaper, cook dinner or provide a bath. It's a good idea to get this question out of the way sooner rather than later so that if they refuse to do something, you can eliminate them from the selection process.

3. Watch them in action. A good way to get a reading of a candidate's babysitting acumen comes through observing them when they first meet your child. Look for subtle things like what your child's body language is like around the babysitter. Are they playful or standoffish? This may take some time, as the initial meeting period is always an adjustment.

4. Determine the management style of your babysitter. Every kid is different when it comes to what they respond best to as far as behavior. Some kids behave when directions are to the point and stated right away as to what's expected. Take this into consideration, as some babysitters may prefer a different type of behavior management style that may not mesh with your own.

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