I can't tell you how hard it is to find people that take babysitting seriously. During my time operating an agency that places babysitters for ongoing, permanent, or on-call positions I've heard and seen it all, and I'm still surprised at the laissez faire approach that people try to get away with when talking to me about why they want to babysit. If I were a parent I would want someone like me to take on the recruiting process. It is one of the worst parts of doing what I do. People don't show up for interviews, don't return your calls, show up late for interviews, come to an interview dressed inappropriately, and so many other things.
When you go with a babysitting agency to find your babysitters there are a lot of things you should consider; but the most important is: what do I get for my money and is it of value to my family.
Who is the leader of your family? Is it you, your spouse, your parents, your children, or is it you?
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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.
As an owner of a babysitting agency I have real experience with finding qualified babysitters, and I'm always surprised by some of the relaxed attitudes there are out there about babysitting. Like having a living person's life in your hands isn't serious. I've had people show up for interviews with friends in tow, ask what's the big deal about babysitting, wonder why having some college is important, write resumes chock full of grammar errors, simply just being a parent should be enough and I should hire them on the spot without even meeting them or not show up all together after scheduling an interview without so much as a text to cancel.