Being a single parent in today’s busy world is a frantic whirlwind of activity. Holding down a job, taking care of the house and caring for your children is a lot of stress to handle on your own. One of the major sources of anxiety for lots of parents is finding an affordable, trustworthy baby sitter. Sure, we would all love to stay home to be with our kids, but the reality is you have to find a baby sitter to care for your children while you are working. This can be a monumental undertaking if you don’t know what to lookout for or where to turn for help.
Most parents are scared senseless to turn their child over to a baby sitter. Why? Because they have absolutely no idea of who they really are. We have all seen the news reports and heard of the horrific crimes being committed against children. The thought that this person who says she is a responsible, loving baby sitter could actually be a child abuser or worse is horrifying. So what is a parent to do?
The first course of action you can take to find a baby sitter that is safe is to look in the front of your phone book for childcare licensors. This is a team of professionals that license child care centers and home day care centers. Their job is to make sure the facility and the people who run them are following the required policies and procedures to ensure the children’s safely. They thoroughly screen all potential baby sitters with criminal background checks, drug tests, character references, and experience level. Additionally, they require all baby sitters to take child and infant first aid, cpr and ongoing childcare education. Every state has a childcare licensing agency; they can provide you with lists of highly qualified home baby sitters right in your own neighborhood.
Another great resource for finding safe baby sitters is to look up nannies or au pairs. Many cities and towns across the United States have agencies that meticulously prescreen all applicants. For a small fee the agency will give you a list of exceptionally qualified baby sitters that will provide high quality care for your children. Nannies are usually much more experienced than an average baby sitter, and may even have a degree in early childhood education. They are used to families interviewing them and most likely will already have background check and drug testing documentation available for you to review.
So don’t stress out, there are many competent baby sitters available to provide a loving environment for your children while you are away. With a little research and few phone calls, I am sure you will find just right one for your family.