35 Of The Funniest Babysitting Stories That These People Just Had To Share Online
If there was a new reality show, it would surely be about babysitting. The journey starts before it begins: stressed-out parents are looking for a perfect nanny for their kid, not being able to trust anyone and making things even harder than they should be.
After finally finding the right one, things can turn sour every time, proving they didn’t win in the nanny lottery. But the lucky ones who find a good one have it forever. A babysitter becomes part of the family, accompanying them into adulthood when all there remains from childhood is an entangled blob of mostly good memories.
Every parent has a story about their babysitter and every babysitter has at least one in return. Or rather, thousands. Today, we take a look at some of the most entertaining, funny, wholesome, and sometimes sour babysitting experiences people will likely never forget.
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With so many nannies starting to babysit kids as early as high school and university, it’s no wonder that some parents may initially feel reluctant to trust them. And while getting to know your babysitter takes time, if you’re lucky, they will become part of your family you’d never want to part with.
So we reached out to Carly Glendinning, the editor of Absolutely Mama magazine, who shared some useful advice on finding a perfect babysitter/nanny for your child. “Whilst experience and good references are important, finding someone who you and your child get along with is my number one piece of advice,” she said.
According to Carly, it’s important to “make sure you spend time with them before you enter into an agreement, and watch how they interact and play with your little one. You’re likely to know instinctively if they are the right fit for your family.”
When it comes to a perfect babysitter, there are a handful of traits parents may want to be looking for in them. Carly said that someone who is reliable and you can trust is so important. “Energy and enthusiasm are also key. Creativity goes a long way when you are working with little ones, so find out about what kind of activities and play they will organize. A good sitter will be authoritative as well as being attentive and kind.”
“Trust is built up over time,” Carly said and added that “it’s always good to do your research – checking out references and speaking to a babysitter or nanny’s previous employer(s). Using a reputable agency is also important.”
The editor of Absolutely Mama also reminds parents to “make sure you discuss any rules or guidelines fully before you start working together to ensure everyone is on the same page.” She added that finally, parents just have to trust their gut, and if your little ones are old enough, ask them!
"I didn't realize what my sister meant when she warned me that my niece is a "climber." After babysitting her and turning my back for a few minutes, now I know"
"My cousin babysits a child who is not very fond of her. She found this letter in his room, he left it on his desk. (Her name is Valerie)"