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September 03, 2012


Jeanne D

I love this! I am in the process of looking to find a nanny and this list is definitely going to come in helpful. The one think it's missing from the one that I came up with myself is PUNCTUAL/good at time management. If the nanny's late, I'm going to be late for work. Since I'm returning to the workforce into a new company/position, if I'm late, it reflects extremely poorly on me. If she doesn't keep track of time well, she's also going to throw off my kids' schedules, even inadvertently, which I've worked extremely hard to perfect. When they're off schedule, a good day turns into a painful one quickly.

Johanna Emig

I'm glad I got this email this morning. It just helped me decide what to do with one if my babysitters. She is great until it comes to following a schedule or asking if she doesn't know where something is (she can't even operate a manual can opener). Thank you Sheila. This helped

Amie T

Jeanne D, I wish there was a way to "like" comments. You're right, punctuality is incredibly important when it comes to child care. I always try to arrive 10-15 minutes early, depending on the family.

Sharon Brady

I am a caregiver and try very hard to respect the families wishes. I also do more than just sit we dance, do art projects, play outside, sing, read,, and laugh a lot.
Following the families schedule is very important.

Valerie D.

Great! I have all of these qualities, so I guess that's why I love being a caregiver so much! I've tried office jobs before and always end up going back to childcare. Like they say, ya gotta do what you love to do! I've always gotten more self-satisfaction from caregiving jobs. The rewards are many and the memories, even more. I enjoy feeling that I've made a difference in a child's life, as well as the family's.

Amanda Milbrodt

I love that list and I believe I have all those qualities. I enjoy kids and would want to find a babysitter or nanny with the elements of their personality being equal to or higher than I expect. I would accept nothing less than those traits for my child's babysitter. Thank you. If you are looking for a sitter; consider hiring me please.

 Hypnobirthing Bristol

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Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

Jennifer C.

I really hope in the future (maybe you have, I just haven't seen the post yet) you would write a post about the difference between a babysitter and an actual nanny. This post refers often to a babysitter but in the sense of what a nanny actually does. Nannies take great offense to this. Babysitters are not doing this as their career, while nannies are. Nannies are also usually college educated with years of experience in the field.

I am a nanny of 23 years, but I also "babysit" on occasion on weekends for families needing a date night. Babysitting is a person (age doesn't matter) that is coming by on an evening while the parents go out for a few hours to dinner, a school function like parent conferences, or to a wedding reception that is for adults only. The times are usually in the evening close to a child's bedtime, thus the children are usually sleeping the majority of the time the babysitter is there. Yes, sometimes a family needs a babysitter for a saturday afternoon to attend a party or such, and yes this would still be considered a babysitting job. You are not needed to help plan all the educational needs of the child for the duration of their growing years, you are not working a set number of hours every week for this family this is just on occasion, you are not needing to do any assistant type duties, etc. But you are in charge of their well-being of course and for the most part are there to play with them, sometimes ordering pizza for dinner, and watching a movie after bath time.

Nannies are part time or full time, but work regularly every week, weekdays mostly, and are helping the family actually raise their children. They are with the children most likely, more hours in a week than the parents are. They are helping with the educational needs and social needs of the child during the day/week, they are doing errands and taking kids to activities, they are helping the family around the house and possibly even doing some household assistant/management type duties like shopping, cooking, laundry, etc.

A nanny is much different than a babysitter, I wish care.com would respect the difference and use the terms correctly.


I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing.
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