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your children may have. Most importantly, you and your children should be comfortable with and confident in the sitter’s ability to provide excellent child- care and handle an emergency situation.


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Once the sitter is in place, evaluate how well she is working within your family. There are several ways to tell if a sitter is not a good fit. According to babycenter. com and TopConsumerReviews.com- Babysitters 2016, the following scenarios could indicate cause for concern. If you notice any of these behaviors, you should seriously consider finding a new sitter.


The sitter is secretive about the time spent with your children.


Your child/children have had too many accidents that should have been avoided


easily, or your infant or toddler has bruis- es that do not coincide with his abilities.


 Your children are afraid of or do not seem to want to be left with the sitter.


 The sitter’s stories do not add up.  You notice that the sitter is not following


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your guidelines.


 You simply have a bad feeling about the sitter.


 Some parents opt to install a nanny cam. This allows you to observe the sitter inter- acting with your children from a remote location via a camera and computer or mobile phone. Laws in all 50 states allow a person to observe someone via camera in his or her home without notification. State laws vary when it comes to having sound or recording another party such as a sit- ter. Check your state’s laws to determine how a nanny cam can be used in your home for monitoring your children or sitter and preventing theft. It’s important to remember that webcams can be hacked into and you should take security precau- tions to protect your webcam.


Nicole Boucher, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, has been a primary care PNP for nearly 20 years. A clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan, she teaches in the PNP program.


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