I apologize in advance if I offend anyone, but sometimes the truth hurts and I am going to be completely honest here. I, Michelle Smith IAT, CPD have not only been a babysitter and nanny for over 14 years myself, but as the owner of Embracing Babies Staffing Agency I refer babysitters and nannies out to parent clients for my business. Though it is true that not every parent feels the same way, there certainly has been a consistency with what parents are NOT looking for when they come to me to hire a sitter and they have shared their secrets along the way. Here are some of things expressed from parents’ point of views.
If you are scheduled to be here at 1, you really should in my house greeting the kids at 1 on the dot. It shows me you realize my time is valuable and that you are professional. I make appointments according to my babysitting coverage and people are waiting on me, so I am waiting on you. Plus my kids have been asking me every 5 minutes when you will be here and I don’t want to look like a liar.
Your appearance matters and even though its “wrong” I am judging you by it when we first meet. If you have shorts on that could pass as underwear….I am not only not going to want you around my kids, but not thrilled about you being around my husband. I trust him, but not sure I should trust you.
If you are unorganized, we are going to have issues. I am already lacking in the organization department and don’t need you to add anymore to it. On the flip side, when you help me get organized I view you as a Goddess!
Hickeys are gross. If you have them, go back to high school because I am looking for someone who shows some maturity and morals, and not what they did the night before.
I get a little jealous when my kids love you, but I am just as happy at the same time. I want to see that my kids are excited to see you, but also want to still feel like I am their #1.
Please don’t be on your cell phone while I am talking to you, or while my kids are. I get that you may need to check something quickly and that’s fine but I expect eye contact and angry birds can wait.
Don’t post pictures of my kids, or my house on any social site like face book with out asking me for permission. Speaking of face book, keep in mind that I will be looking at yours so you may want to be cautious about the things you are posting there.
If I come home and the kids are super messy, it reminds me that you guys have had a fun day of playing… but please be sure to clean up before you leave…both the crafts you made with in house, and the kids.
When you go above and beyond, it means the WORLD to me. If you empty the dishwasher without me asking, I love you.
Your creativity, like when you are making forts with the blankets and chairs on a rainy day – inspires me.
I really want you to tell me honestly how my kids were while I was out. If they were total brats, I want to know that. Don’t tell me they are perfect because I know more than anyone they aren’t. I live with them.