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I hope I'm not out of turn starting a new chapter. I'm just eager to hear what people thought of it. It's about here that the book makes me a bit uncomfortable. De Becker makes a good case about whom we entrust our children to and that agencies don't have as much to lose as we do for not thoroughly screening a sitter. I see the reasoning for everything he suggests in this chapter, but I'd still feel uncomfortable asking every question he recommends asking on an interview, let alone doing a credit check. I've been fortunate to have had good luck with sitters. Am I the only one who feels weird about this? I guess it's because no one ever asked me these questions when I babysat when I was young.
I felt similarly when I read a future chapter about our kids in school. There's a huge list of questions there. I wonder, sometimes, if De Becker is making less a personal recommendation to parents than trying to start a movement - getting people aware of how important it is to make our kids safe so that more and more people will ask these questions of sitters and schools so that it will be normal for everyone to do it, thus changing the culture.
Sorry to go on and on. I've just been dying to discuss these chapters.
ETA: p.s. I'm forgetting this chapter is also about nannies. I've never hired a nanny.
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
|I thought most of the questions weren't applicable for the typical teenage babysitter.|