10 Babysitting Tips to Keep Parents Happy
As a babysitter, your reputation is one of the most important things to protect. Most of your work will come from referrals and word of mouth, so keeping your clients satisfied is crucial to your continued success. Here are a few of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re at the top of every babysitting list in the neighborhood.
- Be Early – Not too early, or you might catch the family at a busy time; fifteen to twenty minutes is perfect. Parents are likely to be rushing as they try to get ready to leave, so being able to hand the children over to you will be a lifesaver.
- Ask Questions – Asking questions is especially important if you’re working with new children. You need to have cell phone numbers for both parents, and a back-up contact in case they can’t be reached. Make sure that you’re informed of any allergies or special bedtime rituals as well.
- Come Prepared – Having a small babysitter’s kit with art supplies, small toys or games and a first aid kit will not only keep your charges occupied, but also impress their parents with your preparedness.
- Keep Your Charges Safe – Always be alert and on the look out for potential dangers. Cutting your clients’ evening short with a trip to the emergency room for stitches will definitely make them think twice before hiring you again.
- Make Sure The Children Have Fun – Ideally, your charges will gush to their parents about how much fun they had with you. Knowing that their children are happy and always enjoy time spent with you will quickly make you a favorite.
- Obey House Rules – No matter how much the children in your care beg you to bend the rules, it’s important to always obey them. Parents work very hard to set and keep a certain routine, and they won’t appreciate you deviating from it.
- Respect Their Home – Don’t smoke, be careless or disrespectful of your employers’ home and belongings. Remember that you’ve been trusted with their home and family, and behave accordingly.
- Don’t Have Visitors – Unless specifically discussed and your clients show no signs of misgiving, do not invite anyone into their home. Your attention should be focused entirely on their children, not entertaining guests.
- Clean Up After Yourself – Make sure that you leave their house as you found it, or better. Put away any toys that have been strewn, and don’t leave any traces of the arts and crafts projects you worked on.
- Say Thank You – Your clients have given you the opportunity to earn money and have fun with their children. Showing sincere gratitude at the end of your shift will let them know that you appreciate them and value their children.
These are just a few of the things you can do to keep your clients happy. Keep an eye out for opportunities to go beyond what’s expected of you; every shift will present at least one. Little extras and thoughtful, helpful behavior can make a big difference.