How Your Babysitter Can Handle Your Bossy Kid

By Kaitlin Hurtado on December 4, 2023

Just like any other job, babysitters will face a variety of challenges on the clock. Unfortunately, there is no single “hack” to be the best babysitter out there – all children are different and offer their own set of challenges, regardless of how much experience a babysitter has under their belt. Some children are timid and hesitant around babysitters, while others can be defiant or bossy with their babysitter. If your child falls into the latter category, you may be concerned about how your babysitter will fare on the job.

If you already have concerns, keep reading for tips on how your babysitter can handle your bossy kid.

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Prepare your babysitter

You know and understand your child best. Before your babysitter’s first shift with your child, discuss your child’s behavior and anything you think your babysitter should be aware of to succeed on the job. This includes allergies, routines, tips for calming them down, and their recognized behaviors.

Kids are unpredictable, and giving your babysitter any insight into your child can help immensely while on the job.

Encourage your babysitter to give your child “freedom”

Change is not going to happen with your child overnight, especially when dealing with a bossy or stubborn child. If your child loves to take the reigns on what they want to do for the day, advise your babysitter of ways to give your kid some reasonable “freedom” to dictate their activities.

For example, your babysitter can give them a few options on the type of activities they can do, such as watching a movie, some arts and crafts, or walking to the park. By the babysitter taking the lead before your child can, they have more control over what is going to be done. By giving your child the ability to choose from a selection, they can still feel like they are in control of what is going on.

Similarly, if your babysitter knows what tasks need to be done with your child while they are on the clock, they can let your child be the one to decide what order things are going to be done with. While what needs to be done is still getting done, your child can still find some comfort and freedom in having a say in what they are doing while your babysitter still has control.

Work it out with your child

As much as you can prepare your babysitter to handle your bossy kid, it’s ultimately you who has the most authority in your child’s life. If you find your babysitter continuously struggling on the job, take the time to discuss the issue with your child.

Take the opportunity to remind your child to be respectful and respect the authority figures in your life, from adults in the family to the adults around them, such as teachers and caregivers. If they know they cannot talk back and order you as their parent around, they should understand that the same rules apply to people like their babysitter.

If you have an instance in mind where your child misbehaved with your babysitter, bring it up as a teaching moment to show how they could have behaved differently.

Your bossy child does not have to be a major obstacle with your babysitter. With these tips in mind, you and your babysitter can work together to ensure that your child is well taken care of.

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