- Dressed appropriately (casual but neat is necessary)
- On time
- With a notepad
- Make eye contact
- Have questions
- Show a general interest for/and comfort with my child once they are introduced.
- Bring an updated copy of their Infant/Child CPR training
- If you need to use the bathroom what will you do with the baby?
- How many times would you be willing to re-build a tower of blocks once they tumble?
- Can you imitate the sound of a choo-choo train falling off the tracks?
- May I see you perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on this doll?
- If you smell smoke what would you do first? second?
- What might happen that would cause you to call me at work?
- Can you stay for another 10 minutes or so?
Then… I leave the room, listen, walk around, keep busy, and pop my head in every now and then. I don’t watch the Nanny Cam because all sitters assume they’re being watched anyway.
Next, I offer the candidate a beverage and a cookie and ask them to join me at the kitchen table.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.