Finding a good, reliable babysitter is hard enough. Making sure that everyone understands each other is critical. Parents need to communicate needs in three different ways.
The Stir interviewed Tammy Gold, author of Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: A Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child. Gold has three things every parent needs to tell the the sitter:
- What do you want for your children, like specific bedtimes or deadlines.
- What you want from the sitter, like pack lunches or dress the kids for bed.
- What you want for yourself as a parent, like you need the sitter to make dinner since you’ll be running late.
Parents and sitters have different expectations. To avoid problems, make your expectations clear. Don’t assume the sitter knows what you want.
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