Key Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Potential Babysitter

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Key Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Potential Babysitter

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Every parent knows how challenging it can be to find the right babysitter for their kids. You want to find someone who your kids will enjoy spending time with, but you also want to be sure the sitter can safely care for your children while also being an appropriate role model.

But when it comes down to it, deciding whether a candidate is a good fit for your kids just takes a little time and the right questions. Here are a few questions that you can use when interviewing your next potential sitter:

Check on their CPR and First Aid certification. If you’re selecting a babysitter for the summer, they’ll probably be taking your kids swimming at some point. All the more reason to make sure they’ve received training in CPR and first aid. You might also want to ask your sitter to become well-versed in all areas of water safety by having them review this swimming safety guide for babysitters. These are vital skills and should be a requirement for any sitter.

Give them a “What if…” scenario. It’s important to know how a babysitter will react in difficult situations. As LifeHacker.com points out, you can test a potential sitter’s ability to think on their feet by asking a “what if…” question. For example, in the article, LifeHacker.com suggests that you ask what a sitter would do if they locked themselves out of your house while your kids were still inside.

Find out how they’ve handled past emergencies. Of course, knowing how a potential sitter has actually reacted in an emergency is also extremely helpful. Care.com advises that you assess a babysitter’s level of experience by asking whether they’ve handled a child emergency in past jobs. Ask the sitter to take you through what happened and what the outcome ended up being.

Ask about moral beliefs. DisneyBaby.com suggests that you find a babysitter whose faith and moral beliefs align with yours. This can be a delicate topic, but it’s one that should be addressed. After all, your sitter will be having conversations with your children. You’ll want to be sure the sitter isn’t sharing religious or moral beliefs that conflict with your own.

You’re probably thinking that some of these questions will be difficult to answer. And you’re right! But that’s the point. You want a babysitter who will carefully consider each of these questions and who is honest and forthcoming. When you have a candidate’s responses to these questions, you’ll be able to make a much more informed decision.

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Lindsay M
blogs for PublicHealthCorps. In addition to writing, she enjoys satisfying her other passions – like cooking, biking and photography. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother of twin girls.

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8 thoughts on “Key Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Potential Babysitter

  1. Oh this is precious and good, but I’m laughing all the same. You just brought back memories of my own babysitting days – when I did lock myself out of the house while taking the dog into the backyard – the kids were already in bed. I ended up hooking the dog leash over the fence post and climbing in the kitchen window. I still remember telling the parents about the screen I had to punch in. Then, same family, one of the children tripped and fell into the corner of an end table. She ended up needing stitches. I called mom while holding an out-of-the-drawer-so-it-was-clean dish rag on the cut. I’m not sure I’d be hired! You’ve also reminded me of how absolutely blessed we were with some wonderful respite care workers who watched my daughter when whe was school-age. She is now a young woman with Down syndrome (as she reminds me on a daily basis), and more independent than I ever thought she would be. Thanks for the memories!

    1. Oh Janet, I have some funny stories myself. I sat often for brothers who continuously tried to blame the other for mishaps. Talk about preparation for teaching and parenting. So glad you found someone who loved on your daughter. A blessing for you and for her. Blessings and hugs!

  2. Very good questions to ask to safe guard your precious children. You don’t ever want emergencies to happen but if they do you want your child provider to know the steps to take. And it is also wise to know what kind of influences that provider will be giving your child. Great post !!! Stopping by from Woman to Woman.

  3. These are very good. My teenage daughter babysits sometimes. I am going to use these questions to train her…although I know she is already used to the “what if” questions because everytime I think of a crazy scenario I ask her about it and then tell her what she should do.

    Thanks for sharing, this is a great resource.

  4. I love these questions and I do believe it is best when the sitter’s moral beliefs align with yours. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    1. Often babysitters spend almost as much time with our children and we do. Knowing what they believe is important when we’re allowing them so much influence in our children’s hearts and minds. Blessings!

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