Taking Your Babysitter on Vacation: Setting Expectations

By Victoria Robertson on June 18, 2021

Every once in a while, a vacation opportunity arises in which bringing your babysitter along is necessary. However, there are a lot of expectations to set in this regard to avoid any confusion, miscommunication, or other issues while on vacation.

Every vacation is different, as is every babysitter, so talking through expectations prior to the trip is essential. For this reason, here are a few pointers to talk to your babysitter about when you plan on bringing them on vacation with your family.

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Provide a Trip Overview

Before going on vacation, you should sit down and talk with the babysitter about the trip in general. Give them the basic details as to what the trip is going to be like, where you’re going, how long it’s going to be, etc.

This general overview not only entices your babysitter to want to join but also begins to set up expectations for them. The more information you can provide them with upfront, the better off (and easier) the rest of the conversation with them is going to be.

Detail Any Associated Costs

When anyone plans a vacation, the first consideration is going to be the cost. Whether you plan on footing the bill for them or expect them to pay a share of it is up to you, but it’s something they should be aware of upfront.

Additionally, you’ll want to detail any extra bills they may not be considering that would be up to them. For instance, if you plan on only covering a certain number of meals, or don’t plan on covering their share of excursions or whatever it may be, be sure to make them aware of those costs in advance so they don’t find out when it’s too late to say no.

Offer Schedule Information

When you bring a babysitter on vacation, there are a couple things to consider regarding the schedule. Typically, babysitters will work on the trip. However, they don’t typically work through the entirety of the trip.

Be clear about what your vacation schedule entails. Do you have couples dinners in which the babysitter will need to be available to watch the kids? Do you have family-only excursions planned during which the babysitter can enjoy some time on their own? Are there any excursions they will need to plan to be available for? Again, the more schedule detail you provide them, the better prepared they are.

Discuss Limitations

Since this is a working trip for a babysitter, you should detail any limitations that are important to you. For instance, some individuals prefer their babysitter not to drink on vacation if they’re needed for 24/7 assistance. For others, their help is only required for a portion of the day, and so the babysitter is free to do what they want after that time period.

Talk through any rules you’ll have on this trip so that you set expectations for the babysitter and they don’t end up regretting agreeing to the trip later on.

Talk Through Transportation

Just as the cost is important to talk through with your babysitter, transportation is another essential point to talk through with your babysitter. Again, transportation needs can get costly, and if you’re not going to be covering that cost, it’s something your babysitter will need to factor in.

For instance, will they need to rent a car once you arrive at the location? Will they need to purchase their own flight tickets? Are there any other transportation fees that they will be responsible for, or are you covering the entirety of that cost? Whatever your decision is up to you, just be sure to communicate it with your babysitter.

Detail Expectations

Last, but not least, use this opportunity to talk through all trip expectations and to provide your babysitter with a platform to ask any clarifying questions they may have prior to the trip.

Let them know how long they will be working every day, and how much free time they will have. What exactly will you need from them on this trip? Is there anything they will need to provide or bring? This is simply a final run-through of everything to ensure your babysitter has all the information they need to decide whether or not they will be joining you.

When we go into vacation mode, we typically forget about work and other responsibilities. When you bring a babysitter on vacation, that’s not really a possibility.

So, prior to departing for your vacation, make sure you sit down with your babysitter and talk through what’s expected of them on vacation. The more detailed this conversation, the better off you’re going to be. And be sure to provide them with an avenue to ask questions or to voice any concerns before you leave. It’s much better to get everything on the table prior to your departure rather than afterward.

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