Before I gave birth to my son, I often wondered: Is babysitting hard? Now that my son is 3 years old, I must admit it surely is not an easy task, as it requires certain personality traits and characteristics for someone to be a good babysitter. Some of those traits might be obvious while others need to be observed and experienced.
So what makes a babysitter good at her job?
The most obvious answer is having a great love for children. If you just don’t like spending time with kids, babysitting is definitely not for you.
Another obvious and equally important trait is being patient. Just like parents, babysitters require lots of patience when dealing with kids; being impatient with a child can cause serious problems.
Other traits of good babysitters are being playful and active. Kids are active and are constantly on the move so they require someone who enjoys playing with them and who is active and energetic as well.
Being responsible is yet another important characteristic of a good babysitter as kids need to have the right balance between play and discipline and parents need someone they can depend on and trust.
Skills, experience and qualifications are also essential assets for a good babysitter. Leaving a child in the care of another person can be hard for the parents but knowing that the babysitter knows what she is doing helps make the process easier and smoother.
For working parents with tight schedules, punctuality plays a big role when hiring a babysitter.
Kids need attention so a good babysitter should be attentive to the child and his/her needs at all times.
From my personal experience with nannies and babysitters, I think a good babysitter should also be able to communicate clearly and at least fluently speak one of the languages spoken at the household.
Being funny and creative are two more characteristics that can make a babysitter great at what she does.
Finally, if you are a neat freak like me, you will need to make sure the babysitter you are considering to hire is tidy and willing to clean up after herself and your child.