Traditionally, parents hire a babysitter to watch the kids when they go out.

But lately at Kiid we’ve noticed many parents are booking sitters while staying home to dedicate a few uninterrupted hours to work, take care of their garden or complete projects around the house. 

Hiring a sitter while your home is different than hiring one while your out. From our experience, there are a few guidelines that, if followed, will make the experience as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Let’s dive right in.

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

First, we suggest that you communicate clearly with the babysitter before she arrives to let her know you will be staying home and how the day will unfold. This may be a new situation for the sitter, so giving her advance notice will help ease any nervousness. For example, you can tell the sitter than you will be working upstairs in the office and would like the children to stay in the basement and not be disturbed.

Tip #2: Don’t Interfere

Second, we recommend that you keep your distance and avoid “checking in” every few minutes. It can be difficult for children to be constantly reminded that their parent is in the next room.

Tip #3: Set Clear Expectations

Lastly,  having a babysitter over while you’re home might be confusing for your children (and the sitter). For example, if your child refuses to go down for a nap, should the parents get involved? To make the experience as smooth as possible, make it clear who is “in charge”. You need to trust the sitter to handle situations the same way they would if you weren’t home.

In Summary

There are only 24 hours in a day. Scheduling a babysitter to watch your children while you’re home is a great option if you need a little extra time to take care of business or get stuff done around the house. The key to ensuring a smooth experience for you, your children and the sitter is to communicate clearly and set boundaries.

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