Good babysitters know they have to wear two hats at all times. They need to be the costume wearing, crayon coloring, dance like no one’s watching “fun” babysitter while also being the prepared, responsible, and considerate babysitter parents expect.
Knowing your boundaries with the kids and with parents is the key to success in balancing the two hats. You already know how to be prepared and what questions to ask before you accept a babysitting job to establish boundaries with the kids (and if you don’t, check out my video on What You Need to Ask Before Accepting a Babysitting Job).
You’ll find that establishing boundaries with parents is simply a matter of being responsible and considerate. Check out this video that has my top 5 tips for working with families. Doing these five things plus being a great babysitter to their kids will guarantee repeat jobs (and if you’re really good, the parents will likely refer you to their friends and family!).