The first half of the battle is over — you’ve found a babysitter. No easy feat, especially if you’re doing this for the first time. Having a babysitter to your home can be a little nerve-wracking. Sometimes it is practically a stranger who you are inviting into your home, when you aren’t there, to care for your most precious things in the world. So it’s OK to worry and feel stressed. No doubt you have a huge list of rules and guidelines set up. Making sure you have a few simple things covered will lead to a much more relaxing night out — you’ll know your children are in good hands!
All the information
We’ve got you covered, with our comprehensive sheet full of information your babysitter might need. Print this up, hang it on the fridge, and relax a little. Emergency contact information and any other important needs should be shared with the sitter. Keep it simple — she’s probably as overwhelmed as you are.
You did your research. Though this person might be new to you, she likely isn’t a complete and total stranger. You put in the time to find someone who you felt comfortable with. Trust that everything is fine, even though you aren’t there.
The rules relax a bit in our house when we have a sitter. Dinner may not be as nutritious, bedtime might be a little bit later, and my kid may not brush his teeth. It’s OK! You can’t expect someone else to do it exactly as you do, right? Besides, a change of pace is good for them.
You deserve a little time to yourself. Maybe you are at a meeting, or just out with friends. Either way, take time to just be yourself, and don’t focus so much on being mom. A few hours away is good for everyone.