Wooing the Perfect Sitter

Babysitting relationships are special because parents and sitters often turn out to be friends and confidantes, as well as childcare partners. Any parent knows quality sitters are a hot commodity these days, so it's equally important for your family to be a catch. If you think you've found the perfect match, use these tips to make him or her love you back!

Search Smart
Potential babysitters first learn about you and your family through your initial job postings, so it's crucial to enter the search process with the right mind-set. Many parents are often too distracted or short on time to put much care into job postings or interviews. Remember the importance of first impressions from your dating days? When starting a sitter search, you should similarly put your best foot forward.

In my experience at Sittercity.com, I've seen every kind of posting '- from those that read like bad personal ads (Must be funny, intelligent, happy, have a master's degree, and love long walks on the beach) to those that leave out crucial information, like how to reach the family! Remember, the job posting is the potential babysitter's first impression of your family, so it should be clear, concise and include all the important information you want to communicate. Key elements include:

  • Your name and phone number or email address
  • Where you live
  • Your driving preference
  • Dates and times you need a sitter
  • Any pets you have
  • Your kids' ages
  • Your smoking preference
  • Your reference and interview requirements
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