Common Babysitter Problems And How To Avoid Them

Good communication is imperative when you hire someone to look after your children, be it a full-time nanny or occasional babysitter. You love your children, you know them better than anyone else, and you’re pretty darn sure you know what’s best for them, thank you very much!


So when a babysitter suddenly does something to disrupt your best-laid plans, it can be more than a little frustrating. Rather than fire them on the spot though, it’s better to stay calm – and communicate.


Here are the most common problems with some great advice on how to get through them.


Ignoring your preferences

One shining example is when a sitter ignores your preferences, such as with the discipline strategy.


The first step in avoiding this issue is to bring it up at interview stage. Ask the sitter how they discipline, share how you do it and see if they are happy to follow your lead. If you don’t discuss things properly first, there are bound to be issues. We are all different after all and have been raised in different ways!


If you seem to be on the same page but still find the sitter is doing things their way, sit down and ask them why. You might review your strategy for certain situations. Or if needed, run through some specific examples to show them exactly what you mean.


Scheduling tactics

We all know that a schedule is pretty much a parent’s best friend. You need to run through the schedule before the sitter starts work, to make sure they are clear on all details. It can be a good idea to write this down and leave a copy with them at all times.


If the sitter seems to be doing things that are disrupting your preferred schedule, you’ll need to sit down and have a chat. You may find they have a very good reason to do what they are doing. Re-evaluate the schedule and check that your expectations are fair and reasonable.


Money, money, money

Money can certainly be a tricky one. As before, setting out all aspects of the pay (including overtime and pay reviews) is essential before your sitter starts, and if they are going to be working permanently for you, a contract is a smart idea.


Calm and controlled

In dealing with your nanny or sitter, the most important thing is good communication from day one.


You have a lot riding on the success of this relationship, and when it’s about your children’s welfare, you are obviously emotionally involved. Good preparation and patience will help see you through and hopefully build a successful relationship for everyone.