Parents, we are sharing your secret thoughts about how you really feel about your babysitter...
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.
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.
If I don’t ask for parenting advice. Don’t give it. I have a mother in law judging my every move and I don’t need you to also. I will likely ask you for advice though, because I know that you have worked with kids and probably have some great tips!
Don’t break the rules. There is a reason I don’t let my kids stay up late, or eat extra candy, etc and I appreciate you following our guidelines. We are after all, a team.
I don’t really trust you driving with my kids. Well, it’s not just you… I also don’t trust the drivers on the road. I worry about accidents, you have my precious cargo so please be careful and stay off your phone! Even if I call you, don’t pick up until you are parked safely. I can wait.
I’m nervous to leave my kids alone with you, they are my world. And if I have nanny cameras, it’s my business. If you have nothing to hide, you will hide nothing. Plus, I like watching you read stories to the kids and seeing how much they love the voices you make for the characters.
I appreciate you being flexible with me. I cant always predict traffic.
I like when you call in sick. Well, what I mean is I like that you tell me if you are sick so that I can keep my kids healthy, and hire someone else until you are feeling better.
I love hearing you sing off key. You are trying, and that’s why we adore you. The fact that you don’t let your lack of talent stop you from having a good time encourages my children to do the same and that is a great lesson for them to learn!
Our pets are our family. Treat them just how you treat me, they are my fur kids. If you don’t like pets, we just aren’t the right family for you and that‘s okay too.
Wash your hands, often. Maybe I have OCD, but I like knowing you wash your hands frequently. Cleanliness is next Godliness.
I am so grateful to you for keeping my children safe, there is nothing and no one more important to me than my little munchkins.
We hope you enjoyed reading a few secrets from parents. We are very proud of the high quality babysitters and nannies we have here at Embracing Babies. If you are looking for someone who “gets it” and will exceed your expectations, contact us and let us amaze you. www.EmbracingBabies.com