Keeping a good relationship with your babysitter
If you're lucky enough to have a great babysitter, keep this in mind:

Read more: What you should be paying your babysitter

Once you've established a good relationship with your babysitter, enough so that you feel comfortable leaving your children in the hands of someone you trust, it's important to keep that relationship to ensure that your babysitter doesn't run away and look for another part-time job. 

What can you do to ensure that your babysitter comes back?

  • For starters, make sure that you have cash to pay your babysitter when you get home. A lot of babysitters are using this extra income to pay off their student loans or rent and there's nothing worse than having to nag parents to pay up.
  • If you're wanting your babysitter to cover long hours, consider providing a meal for them or perhaps leave some cash for them to order in. 
  • After hours and late hours should be considered and the rate of pay should be increased if you're going to be needing childcare after 12pm. 
  • The amount you agree to pay per hour to a babysitter should be adjusted and increased accordingly each year. 
  • Try not to make a habit of letting the babysitter know at the last minute that you'll be extending your evening into the early hours of the morning. Granted, the more hours you are out and about, the more the babysitter gets paid but you don't want to put them off of coming back for fear of a very late night every time. Once in a while is okay. 

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