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11 Sep '17

Tips when a third person will take care of your little kids

Posted by Sandra Sosa

The truth is that all parents would like to take care of their own children 24 hours, 7 days a week, but on real life that's a privilege for a small minority.

Everyday tasks, job responsibilities and a myriad of obligations make almost impossible a full time dedication to children care, in fact, the time is so short and the number of tasks so high that usually parents must share their time between several simultaneous activities, thus it's not a surprise that third party's help is required frequently.

Of course that's not the "ideal" situation but unfortunately without external help sometimes is just impossible to face so many responsibilities while taking care of the kids properly.

At the very beginning is very hard for parents to leave their little ones under a third party's care, not only because of feeling guilty (deep on their souls, parents see this as abandoning their kids) but also because of a security matter.


However sooner or later most of parents will have to find someone's else help, thus the following tips will help to make the things easier for everyone: parents, kids and caregivers

1. Find someone with known experience taking care of childrenChildren care

2. The ideal profile is a professional people specialized on children care. A pediatric nurse or pre-school teacher is the ideal profile

3. The communication between caregiver and parents must be guaranteed, so the use of cell phones or any other communication device is mandatory

4. Be sure to have a clear guidelines of your house rules (if the caregiver is coming home). This way you can be sure your kid's behaviour will be the same regardless of the person at home

5. If you are leaving your kid on a place different from home, i.e. a nursery, be sure to include on your little one's back pack at least one soft toy, a blanket, a bottle of water, the regular feeding formula (specially babies) and an extra cloth just in case of an emergency. Don't forget enough diapers if still using

6. It's mandatory to provide several contact numbers in case of an emergency, these numbers may include not only the parents' cell phones but also the pediatrician's number as well any other important contact person

7. The person who will take care of your children must be aware of any special need, allergy or medical condition. It's always safer to provide this information on a written manner in order to avoid confusion

8. Try to keep regular phone contact, especially if the caregiver is at your own home; thus a phone call every 2-3 hours is a good strategy to be sure that everything is OK

9. It's a good idea to keep a couple of hidden cameras on strategic places of your home to remotely spot what's going on while you are out

10. Always listen to your kids, if you think something is going wrong don't hesitate to make proper inquiries. Even when it's not  an everyday problem, children abuse from caregivers is a reality we have to deal with

Finally, once you come back home, switch off your cell phone and give to your kids all the time they need. Sometimes is not a matter of how much time you expend with your kids but how good it is, so be sure to give them plenty of attention while you are in home in order to mitigate your absence. 

Kids understand you need to work, they know to manage your full schedule but something is hard for them to deal with, it's the lack of attention when you are at home; so, leave your cell phone apart when you are at home with your kids, share with them good quality time and provide all the attention they need and you will see how things are going good even when you are not at home 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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