Secrets of Staying (Happily) Married

  • Network.Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Consider joining an online network such as Sitter City ( to browse available sitters (and nannies)—and access their references and background checks.
  • Prepare a contact sheet.Include numbers for your cell phone, the family doctor, and all emergency care. Write down allergies and other important medical information.
  • Schedule interviews.Meet with candidates and ask about his or her qualifications, including any CPR or first-aid training. (American Red Cross branches offer babysitter’s training courses for $25 to $80.) Discuss the amount of money you’re offering.
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