Get Your Sitter To Stick!

Finding a competent babysitter is like trying to find the match to a missing sock. Then, when you finally find your treasure -- an experienced teen-age caregiver who is knowledgeable, trust-worthy and willing to offer your child attention -- how do you get her to stick with you when every mother on the block is tugging at her? Follow these "glue" tips!
Pamela Enderby

Food keeps the babysitter's attention!
1. Supply snacks. Keep a bag of chips and cans of soda handy. Occasionally, offer a favorite snack. Fourteen-year-old Bonnie J. gets treated to McDonalds or Taco Bell when she's babysitting for the Beckmans during dinner hour. Naturally that family takes first priority when she's choosing between two job offers.

2. Be on time. Most teenage sitters must be home by 10 pm on weeknights. If you're running late, a call will alleviate anxiety and avoid a tangle with the sitter's mother. Tardiness, no matter what the reason, should be the rare exception.

Food keeps the babysitter's attention!
1. Supply snacks. Keep a bag of chips and cans of soda handy. Occasionally, offer a favorite snack. Fourteen-year-old Bonnie J. gets treated to McDonalds or Taco Bell when she's babysitting for the Beckmans during dinner hour. Naturally that family takes first priority when she's choosing between two job offers.

2. Be on time. Most teenage sitters must be home by 10 pm on weeknights. If you're running late, a call will alleviate anxiety and avoid a tangle with the sitter's mother. Tardiness, no matter what the reason, should be the rare exception.

10. Offer heartfelt appreciation. Telling your sitter, "Thank you for playing games with the children," pays enormous dividends. Genuine compliments make your sitter feel good and creates a positive relationship.

Remember, movies, malls and sleepovers are tugging for your teen sitter's free time. Money fuels many of these activities, so if you can make your home an inviting place for child care and financially rewarding, your favorite sitter will stick like glue.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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