What are the benefits of babysitters?

By Carolyn Scheidies
Babysitters provide many positive benefits to families.

Babysitters tend to your children when you are otherwise occupied. For many teens, babysitting children of family and friends are their first real paying jobs. Babysitters, however, can be almost any age. Benefits of hiring babysitters are many.

Gives You a Break

If you've had a baby and haven't been out of the house for weeks or you have several rambunctious children who keep you and your spouse from having two words alone, hiring a babysitter can benefit you both. Even as parents, you need to take time for each other. Hiring a babysitter so you can go out to dinner and a movie not only provides time away, but also builds on your relationship with your spouse.

Gives Your Kids a Break

Hiring a babysitter benefits the children as well. Often a babysitter is a trusted neighbour, friend or family member who the children enjoy being around. Some time with a trustworthy babysitter, one with CPR training and experience, helps children have a safe evening of fun and a change in their daily routine. The key to anticipation is having babysitters they and you, know and trust.

Helps Get Things Done

If you work at home but can't seem to get anything accomplished because the children need this and demand that, hiring babysitters to watch the children or to take them out to the park for a few hours during the week, frees you to work at home without interruption.

About the Author

Carolyn Scheidies has been writing professionally since 1994. She writes a column for the “Kearney Hub” and her latest book is “From the Ashes.” She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she has also lectured in the media department.