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Family Talk: Childcare

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Here is a new installation of Family Talk, the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic.

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today about babysitters and childcare.

As a working mother, I know all too well about the stresses of finding a babysitter that I can trust to provide adequate childcare to my son and daughter.

Having always been the biggest hurdle to overcome, for me, was that of finding childcare, period. While some may be lucky to have family members that can fill the role, others know my frustrations and tribulations when it comes to finding regular, continuous childcare in place, as well as a once-in-a-while babysitter, which leads me to this week's Family Talk topic.

Stacey Zable April 07, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Finding a child care provider is the single most stressful thing about being a working mom. You are trusting the most important person/people in your life to them. The best way to find a great babysitter is to work the Mommy Network. Other moms and their great babysitters know other great babysitters.
Liliana De Jesus April 07, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I definitely think it's important to go with someone that is trusted, especially by other parents you know. Using someone that you know has experience and is highly regarded by fellow parents is always a plus. However, does everyone feel that is sufficient enough? Would you use a babysitter solely on the recommendation of another parent or are there other requirements that need to be met first?
Stacey Zable April 07, 2011 at 01:36 PM
I would use that as a starting point to look for a babysitter, not the end of it. You need to conduct an extensive interview, with lots of requirements based on your needs, and also to get a feel for the babysitter as an individual and someone you can entrust your children to.
Candi April 11, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Parents who are making that often painful decision to return to work must cope with change-related fears, separation anxiety, and resultant temper tantrums . . . and the children may need time to adapt emotionally as well. Therefore, ensuring that the children are attended to and cared for as well in the parents’ absence as in their presence becomes an essential part of the transition for both parents and children. Many parents in this situation seek the services of a well qualified nanny. What should parents look for when selecting a nanny to care for their children? Following is a list of tips on selecting a well qualified nanny: these tips target traits that may be ascertained in a nanny interview. For the sake of consistency for the children, the nanny should be able to commit to the family for the time period needed; whether it be short-term or long-term. The nanny should be alert and eager to help. An enthusiastic nanny won’t sit the children in front of the television while she engages in her own personal pursuits. She’ll be more likely to use her creativity to organize fun and educational activities, play games, or suggest a bike ride. The nanny should have a nurturing response to the children during the interview. The nanny should engender in the children a feeling of love and safety. The nanny needs to be familiar with CPR and basic first aid procedures. The nanny should... http://tinyurl.com/ya8bmqg
Liliana De Jesus April 11, 2011 at 03:47 PM
That is great Candi. Thanks for the tips and link to the article! With regards to hiring a nanny, do think it's best to do your own search and sourcing, or do you trust some of the nanny services businesses that are out there? Stacy mentioned finding someone through fellow parents, which these tips would probably go great with, but do you think following those steps would be enough when dealing with a complete stranger or someone referred to you by a service?

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