Leaving your kids with a sitter can be nerve wracking and stressful, especially for a new Mom! The more I’ve done it, the easier it has gotten, but it can still be tough for me. I worry that my kids will be tough that day. I worry about accidents happening while I’m gone. I worry that the sitter will do nothing but let me kids watch TV. etc. etc. One thing that has made it easier is being prepared for the sitter and helping her prepare for emergencies etc.
Consider having certain toys, games, movies and snacks that only come out when a sitter comes over. You can even keep them all in the same little basket or box so they are easy to pull out when you need them.
Then, make sure your sitter has all the information they need to be able to properly handle situations that may arise. Leave her a note letting her know what she will need to do while you are gone. Give instructions for dinner / mealtime. Make sure she has bedtime and homework info. List any important rules about media etc.
In addition, although you hope an emergency doesn’t arise while you are away, it is possible. Make sure your sitter has important info (allergy / birthdate info) about each of your children as well as important emergency numbers she may need to call.
Writing all this out each time you have a sitter would be a PAIN! So, in order to make this much more simple for you, I’ve created two downloads!
The first is simply a pdf, print it out each and fill out most the information by hand. Leave the “where we will be” and the “notes” sections blank. Then, make a bunch of copies. When you have a sitter, quickly fill in the two blank sections and give her the paper when she arrives. Click here or on the image below to download:
The second download is an editable Word Document. Download this if you’d like to type your info into the document and then print it out. Again, leave the “where we will be” and the “notes” sections blank. Print a bunch out. When you have a sitter, quickly fill in the two blank sections by hand and give her the paper when she arrives. Click here or on the image below to download:
Now, go have a great time out with your spouse or some friends!