4. Make sure they enjoy interacting with children rather than receiving a paycheck. To ensure that they actually like spending time with children, have them watch your children while you’re home. Don’t stand over them, but be nearby so you can observe and hear how they interact with your children. It’s also important to see how they play with your children, if they’re creative and come up with interesting ways to entertain your children rather than placing them in front of the television.
5. Run a background check. This may seem invasive, but it is necessary to ensure that your child is safe with the babysitter and that you too feel comfortable leaving your children alone with them. Many online babysitting services offer background checks but if not, do one yourself.
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