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Anonymous posted in Child Care Tuesday


What’s a good way to interview a potential babysitter? And also what’s a good environment to do it in?

  • Amanda
    5h ago

    A few more tidbits from the babysitter's side: I was always interested in knowing about a family's relationships with previous sitters (Are they still on good terms with past sitters? Did any sitters resign for worrisome reasons?) The families I most enjoyed working for always let me know that I was welcome to anything in the pantry (I was always respectful, though, and ate very few sn... More

  • Sara
    3h ago

    Definitely first have a phone call to weed out people who just aren't a good fit (they aren't available when you need them, they don't have experience with your age kids, they don't drive and you need a driver, their parenting philosophy is very different from yours, etc.) After that, I'd say definitely do a paid trial. I have always first hired babysitters as "mother&#... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jan 16

Is it better to use a day care center or in home daycare provider?

Any parents have done research on both and have experience with both and have recommendations? I am in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (South Bay) but welcome suggestions from parents in other areas too.

  • Tiana

    It really depends! So many factors to consider. Depends on the age of the child, the offering that the center has, the ratio, the additional extracurriculars, languages spoken. Etc Many home daycares are homely but with no field trips or additional activities. But many speak other languages besides English. Larger centers may have webcams and a more “professional” feel, but more turnover an... More

Tipping the Sitter

Hi All! I am scheduled to babysit for a family tonight, and one of the parents just let me know that they will pay my base rate plus a tip at the end of the night. I've had other families give a tip, but most of the families for whom I babysit don't offer tips in addition to my hourly rate. I'm curious to know if tipping the babysitter is a relatively common practice? I'm also c... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 16

    I babysat from the time I was in my early teens. My first "clients" paid me a flat $5/hr for their grandson, guaranteeing me at least $20 per job. They picked me up and took me home; I was welcome to eat whatever I wanted. I got nice birthday and Christmas gifts from them, too. Since I worked in a summer program and lived in a neighborhood full of kids, I was booked up every weekend. ... More

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