If you have kids and you’re making plans to head out on the town, you’ll need to make plans for someone to watch the kids. Rebecca D’Amico owns Nannies from the Heart, and she helped get us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of babysitting these days.
- Reach out to your sitter right away by phone to make sure she has good directions to the house.
- Have written information ready when she arrives. I have a permanent “family sheet” with info on the children, their personalities, food issues, techniques for behavioral corrections, important information and emergency contacts, pet info, peculiarities with the house.
- Plan on having 10 minutes available before you go out to brief the sitter on your family, outline what’s expected for the night, then 10 minutes after you arrive for a quick debrief.
- Have your kids (if they are old enough) give the sitter a tour of the house while you are there. Kids love giving tours!
- Also includes any important household rules, such as limits on screen times, boundaries for outdoor play for older kids, where food can be eaten, etc.
- I always made a habit of sharing the rules of the house in front of the sitter and children to double enforce. Those kids can be tricky.
- Parents should communicate to the kids to help with household tasks. For instance, a family might write a note for the kids to load and run the dishwasher after dinner. So it involves the kids, but obviously the nanny is there to help.