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What questions should I ask a prospective babysitter?

Your best source for a dependable and qualified sitter is other parents. Once you’ve compiled a list of possible candidates, you’ll need to interview them, check their references, and narrow down your choices. Questions to Ask Prospective Babysitters: 
  • Skills: What kind of experience do you have with caring for children, and what ages of children have you watched? Can I contact other families for whom you’ve provided child care?
  • Safety: Are you certified in infant and child CPR? Do you know the universal choking sign?
  • Ride: Do you have your own transportation?
  • Rate: How much do you charge per hour? Per child?

Asking how she would respond in different situations also is a good way to gauge a prospective sitter’s skills and experience.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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