This week I have talked about caretakers for your child. Finding a perfect match, exchanging important information, and having a nuts and bolts discussion are all key elements to making the relationship between you and your child’s caretaker really work. The breadth of information that I have covered may not all pertain to you or your situation, but I hope to give you a realistic look at what it takes to find and hire the right person for you, and more importantly for your child.
Today, I would like to end this series with a look at how to make it work. You’ve found the right person, asked the right questions, talked about the details…now what? Here are my tips on taking the final step and going from good to great.
- View the caretaker as a partner
- Include them in decisions about your child
- Invite them to milestones in your child’s life, like birthdays and school events
- Ask them for advice and input
- Introduce them to family, friends, and neighbors that they should contact and that have other kids to play with
- Have food and snacks that they enjoy on hand
- Stick to the schedule you have agreed upon
- Thank them for their work and commitment – words or small gifts, birthdays, holidays, etc.
- Coordinate changes to the schedule in advance
- Keep the house, child’s room and general supplies organized and well-supplied
At the end of the day, go with your gut feeling. This is probably the single most important aspect of choosing a caretaker. This person will be taking care of your child in your home, and you need to trust them completely. I have laid out the ground work for you to take the correct steps in finding a perfect caretaker for your children. As I mentioned yesterday it is well worth the time, effort, and money upfront to gain a champion for your child.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to contact me if you would like recommendations for your specific situation. I would love to help you find the perfect caretaker!