Hiring someone to take care of our child can become both a mistake and the best decision of our lives.
There are certain situations that lead many families to have to choose babysitters to take care of their children when they cannot. On many occasions, it usually happens when the maternity period ends and it is time to get back to work, having to look for the right person to take care of the child in the absence of their parents. Even so, doubts always arise when it comes to making the most correct decision, where the possibility of both opting for a babysitter and choosing the nursery as the best option is considered. In this case, we have chosen to present, below, those advantages and disadvantages that surround the world of personal caregivers.
1. Flexibility in your work routine
Having a person who can take care of your child as long as you need it will make your work routine much more bearable. Thus, in the event that one day you have to go to work earlier or you have to stay a little longer in the office, you will only need to notify your babysitter in advance so that he can get home earlier or has no impediment to stay a little longer. time of the usual hour. A flexibility that, on the contrary, would be difficult to achieve in a nursery, in which both entry and exit times are established.
2. The baby or child does not leave their family environment
We know that at a very young age it can be a bit shocking and difficult for our child to adapt to an environment that is not the usual one. Leaving home, arriving at daycare and finding yourself in an unfamiliar environment can cause the baby to feel out of place and not get along very well with the other children . Something that can be avoided, especially when they are so young, hiring a babysitter to take care of them while at home. This way, at least, you will ensure that they do not experience mood swings by being in their own comfort zone.
3. Become someone of the family
Having someone at home to take care of our children will make them and their own parents create a special bond. And even more so when it comes to babysitters who have been offering their services to the same family for years. At the end of the day, with the passage of time, you get to know that person a little more and even integrate them into the odd family plan . Everything – or almost everything – about his life and his family is known and, little by little, he always ends up becoming one of the family. Hence the difficulty of changing babysitters when you have been working with that same person for several years.
4. Free grandparents from possible “burdens”
It is well known by all that the arrival of a baby makes life change not only for parents but also for people very close to us. And this is where the role of grandparents comes into play, always attentive and pending for any help that is needed. The bad thing is that, sometimes, that kindness ends up being translated into an abuse of trust that makes, finally, the grandparents end up becoming the true babysitters of the child. Therefore, making the decision to hire someone to take care of this task will also serve to free grandparents from possible “burdens” and reduce obligations of this type .
5. Strict and personalized care
Another advantage that having a babysitter at home will give you is the security of receiving 100% personalized care, in which your child will be the only person in charge of the hired caregiver. Unlike in nurseries, where the little one would have to be cared for at the same time as the rest of his companions, having a babysitter who can take care of your baby while you cannot do it ensures that there will always be someone who will be watching out for him. / her at any time . Everything you need I will have it, be it care, learning or moments of games and entertainment.
1. The salary
Of course, having a babysitter at your disposal that can attend to your needs and care for your baby while you cannot, also has a price. And, unfortunately, we have to tell you that the salary to be received by this caregiver will exceed -and by far- that of the rates established in daycare centers . For obvious reasons. Keep in mind that, as we have seen previously, it will have to adapt to the schedules that you set – not being the same every day of the week – and, in addition, you will receive a completely personalized treatment, adapting to the parameters and orders that you give it. marquis. And it is that every privilege is paid …
2. Possible insecurities (related to the home environment)
Deciding to have a babysitter at home can also generate, in some parents, a certain insecurity, in terms of leaving him / her alone with the baby at home. With already veteran babysitters, this feeling is totally nullified, due to the closeness and affection that exists between the family and the caregiver. However, when it comes to an unknown babysitter, it is inevitable to experience that mistrust of leaving him in such a personal environment with the sole company of the baby . Even in the first days, it is always kept to leave everything stored and tidy and with no object of value in sight, until the weeks go by and the person is already known.
3. Person not suitable for the position
It happens in many situations that the babysitter chosen to take care of the baby is not fit enough to handle this job for so many hours. Hence the importance of appreciating the opinions and recommendations of other families , taking into account the possible previous experience in similar positions and the taste, obviously, for children. And it happens that, in many situations, performing babysitting work is usually the easy option for many people to get extra money, without realizing the responsibility that this implies. Therefore, try that, at least, the chosen person has a certain taste for children and is constant and responsible with their work .
4. Multiple kangaroo changes
The fact of finding the wrong person to carry out their babysitting task at home, can end up causing a certain instability for the baby or child and a situation of confusion for the parents themselves. Searching and not finding someone who knows how to do their job well means that something is not being done well . In this way, the little one will not be able to adapt to the routine that an unknown person has to spend certain hours of the day with him / her. The best? As we have already said, let yourself be carried away by the opinions and recommendations of close friends and families who are or have been in the same situation as you.
5. Unforeseen or sick leave
Unlike a nursery, having a babysitter at home can even become a real headache when, for example, it is impossible for you to work for any unforeseen event or you decide to take sick leave. It is then that the alert situation is activated and an attempt is made to quickly find any substitute who can take care of the little one during that time, with the luck of finding one. However, a situation like this in any nursery would have a quick solution , covering the work between colleagues or looking for a substitute person to carry out the work during the time of leave. Hence the importance of always analyzing both the pros and cons of hiring a babysitter.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.