There are so many horror stories that go the rounds, and posted on You Tube about horrible babysitters. The images of a babysitter or nanny violently shaking a baby or brutally spanking a child are images that parents can't get out of their heads when they leave their children with a babysitter.
Not to be a stinker, but families who need a "babysitter" to come and get there kids off to school and then come back later in the afternoon to pick them up and take them to after school activities are looking for a Nanny not a Babysitter. Why and what's the difference?
A successful way to tell if you have a good babysitter or not is if they follow your expectations. BUT, and this is significant, you have to tell them precisely what your expectations are, AND what you expect of the children too.
Do you remember when you were young, and the anticipation of Valentine's Day was so great? I remember making my valentine envelope, kind of the Valentine's mailbox for school that I hung on the front of my
desk in hopes of it being filled to overflowing with Valentine's from all of my friends from school. I remember running home to see how many Valentine's I got for the day. I read all of them and I would interpret every one of them. When they said stuff like; "Be Mine" I just knew this person liked me and when it was accompanied with a cookie I KNEW that they REALLY wanted me to be their Valentine. It was disappointing when these particular Valentine's weren't signed.
Once upon a time there were mythical creatures that everyone wanted; needed even, from time to time. They were beautiful; crisp colorless eyes that could massage your soul and know when you needed them and exactly what you needed, so white that they were translucent; barely noticeable, the calm they brought was a fine, blue, mist that was the perfect temperature.
When you have children, and you need to find the right childcare for them I'm sure that all you can think of are the horror stories you've heard about babysitters, and childcare providers abusing children or neglecting them. Heck, even parents have been in the news for horrific acts against children. There is so much fear when leaving your children with "strangers" even people you've met, and decided to trust your children with has got to be full of fear and anxiety.
When childcare costs are soaring why would anyone pay the higher costs associated in using a babysitting agency? You know that's a pretty good question and worth addressing. As a babysitting agency owner I hear constant complaints about the high cost of childcare, and that it just isn't worth paying an agency fee on top of the hourly rate to the childcare provider. Using an agency isn't for everyone, and you need to evaluate whether or not it is of value to you and your family. Here is a brief list of benefits (and there are more) you can enjoy when going through an agency):