10 Bedtime Problems Babysitters Hate to Deal With

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Many times, the babysitter is responsible for putting the children to bed for the night, while the parents are gone. With some children, this is not a problem, but bedtime can be filled with difficulties for others. Here are ten problems that babysitters sometimes have to deal with at bedtime.

  1. Tantrums – Refusal to cooperate with the bedtime routine is definitely one of the worst situations a babysitter has to deal with. This can range from verbal refusals to physical resistance. These situations will test a babysitter’s patience and likely affect her future decisions regarding babysitting for that family.
  2. Dawdlers – This is a common issue. Kids tend to take their time getting their pajamas on and their teeth brushed. They’ll find lots of ways to extend out the preparation time before getting into the bed itself.
  3. Miss my mommy – This one can be heart-breaking for a babysitter. Little children sometimes can be fine all evening until bedtime comes. Big tears from sad little eyes can just about bring a lump into your throat for anyone.
  4. Wanderers – These are the little ones that just can’t seem to stay in bed. You tuck them in and then in five minutes they come walking out again. They may have ‘something to tell you’ or they may say that they’re ‘just not tired’.
  5. Sibling complaints – When you have siblings that share a bedroom or a bed, complaints about their cohabitant are common. “She’s keeping me awake.”  “He won’t move over.” These are some of the complaints you might hear in these situations.
  6. Kid corrections – As you’re doing your best to follow the parent’s instructions, kids will sometimes try to correct you. “Mom always…”   “We never…” “You’re supposed to…” These can be difficult objections to deal with when you really don’t know whether they are correct or not. It is always best to defer to the parent’s instructions in these cases, and then get clarification from the parents for the next time.
  7. Scared of the dark – With or without night lights, some kids still don’t like the dark when you turn out the lights at bedtime. Parents are used to dealing with these situations, but it can be a bit difficult for a babysitter to deal with, if the parents have not given her any pre-warning or instructions regarding how to approach the issue.
  8. Never-ending Bedtime Stories – Many kids ask to be read to at bedtime. One or two stories is a fair request, however, some kids try to stretch this out much further. Setting a number of stories before the reading begins will be helpful, but then the babysitter must not let herself be cajoled into reading more.
  9. Fussy Baby – Babies who cry every time you lay them down in their crib or just seem to cry continually can wear on a babysitter’s nerves. Constant crying or screaming for more than thirty minutes would generally warrant a phone call to the parents to ask for assistance.
  10. “I need…” - This is the continuing request mode that some kids get into at bedtime. Most times, it is a delay tactic to keep from having to settle down and stay in bid. Common requests are for a snack, a drink of water, a kiss goodnight or to go to the bathroom. If a babysitter makes sure to cover all these bases before putting the kids to bed, it may help to eliminate some of this.

Bedtime. It is often a part of babysitter duties in the evening. When it becomes difficult, the babysitter needs to remember that it is dealing with these types of issues is part of the job and that’s what they’re being paid to do.

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