Good babysitters are a hot commodity. Everybody wants one because everybody needs one. If you've been lucky enough to find your very own junior Mary Poppins, grab on and never let go (figuratively, of course).
Here are 6 secrets for becoming your babysitter's favorite family:
1. Be home on time
Your babysitter has a life too. Honor your established return time and if you're going to be late, be sure to let your babysitter know.
2. Pay her well and on time
Whatever the going rate for babysitters, add an extra dollar or two per hour. Think of it as an insurance policy for her future availability. (Small price to pay if you ask me.)
3. Let your kids know what you expect from them
Just because Mom and Dad are gone for the evening doesn't mean your kids should play the babysitter like a clueless substitute teacher. Unruly kids will never make your family a babysitter's favorite.
4. Stock your fridge
No doubt your babysitter is working up an appetite caring for your kids. Give her more than ramen and pickles to snack on. Better yet, find out her favorite foods and make sure you always have something she likes.
5. Brag to her parents
Let your babysitter's parents know just how much you appreciate the hard work and dedication she's given to your family. It will make them feel good, you feel good, and most of all, your babysitter feel good.
6. Make her part of your family
Invite your babysitter to your kids' birthday parties, school programs, and summer cookouts. Your kids will be thrilled to show off their favorite sitter!