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Babysitting Questions! (please help!)

I put out little adverisments to watch children on New Years Eve from 6pm til 10am next day. A family is coming over to interview me on sunday and like, I want to seem prepared and not nervous. What are questions I should ask this family about their daughter or whatever? I've never really babysat for people I don't know before so I dunno!

Thanks for all of your help.


Asked by Autumn22 at 11:51 AM on Dec. 14, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (5)
  • -How many children will I be caring for?

    -How old are they and what are their names?

    -What are the usual routines in the household (i.e.: when is bedtime)?

    -What are the house rules, and how should I enforce them (time outs, sending to bed...)?

    -What are the kids interested in (Toys, games, movies... and ask that they bring them)?

    -What special requirements do your children have? Do they have any medical condition or allergies I should know about? Medications (dosage, times)?

    -Will I be doing extra tasks such as cooking, baths...?

    -Who do I call in case of an urgent situation?

    Ask that they leave the children's medical insurance cards, emergency numbers (parents, grandparents, house number of where they will be), and ask which hospital to take them to as well.

    Just make sure that your home is clean, tidy, and childproof.
    Good luck!

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 3:40 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Ask what's her personality and schedule like. Ask if she has ever been to babysitters before and how have those experiences gone. You are going to be watching her overnight so ask about her bedtime routine and if there is anything specifically the parents want you to do. Remember you are interviewing them as well as they are interviewing you. Trust your gut.

    Answer by keisha613 at 12:09 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Ask about her schedule. the routine. What kinds of activity's does she like?.. bed time.. does she have allergies to any foods... I agree with Keisha613.."Remember you are interviewing them as well as they are interviewing you. Trust your gut. "

    Answer by staciepi at 12:14 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • f she wakes up crying at night how do they comfort he? Does she hve a lovey (any extras? wher are they?) phone numbers for emergencies? special concerns? meds? what does she eat? what can /can not watch on tv? what time she wakes?

    Answer by rebeccadac at 12:41 PM on Dec. 14, 2010

  • Ask common questions like things she can't have, the nightly routine, her favorite things to do are, when they would be back, don't stress out about it parents can pick up on you being stressed out just be relaxed.

    Answer by Tdaycare6678 at 2:52 PM on Dec. 14, 2010