You may think that a babysitting job is pretty straightforward; you show up and watch children. However, parents have high expectations. After all, you are watching their most prized possessions, their children. It might help you to be aware of some of these common expectations before you begin babysitting. Read on to learn how to meet and exceed parent's needs.
You might also need clarification on which parent to listen to if the mom and dad are divorced, separated, or if they just have different rules from each other.
Be sure to ask about bedtime routines or bedtime can be a disaster. Children often resist going to bed but will respond favorably to book reading and being tucked in for the night. Arm yourself with whatever the parents say works the best with their children.
Parents Value Interaction
Be on Time
Keep Things Clean
Stay in Control
Keep Things Safe
- Pay attention to the children. Don’t immerse yourself into your phone. Don’t invite friends over, and do not leave kids alone.
- Keep the doors locked.
- Keep small objects out of the children’s reach.
- Do not let kids climb or jump in the house.
- Take a CPR and child care course if you can.