Don't Make These 5 Common Childcare Blunders
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3. Ignoring your gut and your child's behavior.
Just because a babysitter has fantastic credentials and glowing reviews doesn't necessarily mean he or she is the right fit for your family. Pay attention to your instincts and observe your children's reaction to her as well. It is normal for children to be shy around new people. However, if after a period of time your child still seems unhappy, unusually reserved or upset when the babysitter is around or mentioned, it could indicate that the person is not the right fit. Trust your intuition.
4. Falling out of touch.
In your rush to get to work, it's easy to run out the door and assume that all is going well unless you hear otherwise. Make an effort to stay connected by dropping in, sometimes unannounced, to visit your child and observe him or her with the babysitter, whether that is at your home or other location. Be sure to meet with her for check-ins a couple of times a year, to discuss how the job is going and make any necessary adjustments. To keep the conversation candid, make sure your child is not around to overhear or distract.
5. Looking only at your short-term needs rather than thinking ahead to the future.
It's hard to imagine how different your child will be even a year from now, but time goes quickly and your child's needs change as he or she gets older. Consequently, your childcare needs will change. If you are hoping to keep the same babysitter for a period of time, evaluate how he or she will meet your family's needs today and at a future stage.
For instance, if you plan to have more children, determine if your prospective nanny is willing to juggle more than one child and if she can handle a newborn. Will she be willing to drive your child to school? Is she able to help with homework or chaperone play dates? If you aren't sure what your child will need a year from now, ask parents with older children for advice.