Share your style
Is your family kosher, vegan, vegetarian, raw foods or organic? If so, take the time to educate your sitter about your choices, and make sure to warn them in the interview about what they will be encountering. "I once hired a sitter without asking her her food preferences and then realized she was vegetarian," says Ohio dad of one Warren F. "I found out that I had to buy lots of vegetarian food — she could not handle the idea of preparing meat."
There are several ways you can educate your sitter about your food choice. Get them books to read, direct them toward online sources and chat with them any time they have a question about your kitchen or eating habits. Also be aware that they might make a few mistakes, and prepare to be forgiving. If a sitter is great with the kids, always give them the benefit of the doubt if they mix up the kosher dairy and meat spoons. Keep teaching. They'll be worth it in the long run.