It can be nerve-wracking to hire a new babysitter, especially if you’ve got young kids and you don’t have a lot of experience with the whole idea. But that’s where babysitter rules come in, to help you set ground rules and expectations right from the start. Although you might have your own expectations for your sitter, here are some basics to consider:
Basic babysitter rules
1. She has to have solid first-aid qualifications
One of the most important babysitter rules is that they always have to be CPR-certified. This ensures that she has the knowledge she needs to keep your kid safe.
2. No visitors allowed
You don’t want strangers inside your home, so why would you allow your sitter to have her friends over while she’s supposed to be looking after your kids? Clearly defining this rule is always the safest and smartest option, right off the bat.
3. Screen time should be limited
Screen time rules vary greatly from one family to the next, so be sure to clear things up with your babysitter right from the start. She needs to know whether or not it’s OK for your kids to watch TV, and if so, how much and how close to bedtime it’s allowed.
4. No social media BS
Babysitters shouldn’t be allowed to take photos of your kids and share it with their friends, let alone on social media. It’s unsafe and totally uncalled for. Your babysitter needs to respect your kid’s privacy by keeping their pictures offline.
5. The discipline deal
In most cases, you’re going to want your babysitter to deal with any misbehaviour from your kids when you’re not there. It’s essential to fill your babysitter in on what is and what isn’t allowed in your home and also talk about the appropriate discipline. Physical punishment is obviously off the cards, but you might want to suggest alternatives like timeouts and lost privileges if your kids misbehave. The most important responsibility is for the babysitter to keep your kids safe, but it’s okay to ask them to actively spend time playing with your child. You can suggest a few activities your kid enjoys, so she has some ideas on how to keep them entertained.
6. No weird foods
If your kid has any food allergies, it’s imperative that you fil your babysitter in on what he or she can and can’t eat. Even if your kid doesn’t have any allergies, you still need to set some ground rules or what your kid can and can’t (r will and won’t) eat and when the right time for meals are.