Parents can't stay at home all the time; so when it's time to look for a babysitter, what qualities should you be looking for?
There are actually quite a few important factors to consider when hiring a babysitter.
An advantage to having young people as babysitters is that they are generally energetic, playful, fun-loving and entertaining with your children.
The disadvantage is that they may be less strict than you are with discipline and they may not be experienced in handling problem or emergency situations.
If your child is close to 12 years old, you will need someone considerably older to babysit. A teenager who is only one or two years older is not likely to have much authority.
Dr. Elizabeth Murray and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss what you should consider when hiring a babysitter, as well as the key qualities you should you be looking for when entrusting your kids in someone else's hands.