Babysitter Solutions: Holiday Parties Made Easy

Afraid all the kids will create chaos again? Plan your sitter into the celebration.

If you're having a holiday party this season, consider adding a babysitter to your party preparation list. Sitters in the new millennium are rapidly evolving past just looking after kids in homes. Today's babysitter is just as likely to be sitting for a wedding, a family trip, a party or an office event — and for good reason. Babysitters can put the spice back into parental life by making sure the kids are out of the way and entertained while the adults schmooze in style. But if you're considering hiring a babysitter to help out with one of your holiday celebrations this season, use the following tips to make sure you seamlessly integrate him or her into your entertainment plan.

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If you're considering hiring a sitter for your party but you're not sure whether that would be helpful, call a small subsection of your guests and poll them about how useful an addition it would be. If the majority of them say it would be useful, go for it! Once you decide to use a sitter for the event, make sure the sitter becomes part of the theme of the party. Include information about your sitter or sitters directly on the invite, and consider including pictures so that your guests can start to trust the sitters before the event. Also, be specific. If you would prefer that guests leave all kids over two years old with the babysitter, mention that in the invitation. The more explicit you are, the better your guests can plan.

Also, once you take the leap, make sure that everyone else jumps on board too. Sometimes when one parent refuses to use a caregiver at an event, that can influence all the parents at the event to start watching their kids as well, leaving the sitter with nothing to do. If you have friends that tend to stick with their kids no matter what, talk to them about the sitter that you're hiring and stress that you would like them to use her. If you start working on them in advance, they will be less likely to subvert your plans at the actual event.

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