How to Find Relative Care
Finding an Appropriate Relative
Just because you are related to someone, and they love your child very much, does not mean that they are a good fit for your child’s care giving. According to the Early Childhood Services of North Dakota, a childcare provider should have the following characteristics:
- Passion for nurturing and caring for children
- Desire to help your children learn
- Desire to increase own knowledge of child development, health and safety, and business operations
- Self-motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic personality
- Good communication skills
- Ability to patiently interact with your child
In addition, your relative should be in good health and have the stamina to watch after an active child for several hours a day. You may also need to consider the relative’s want for travel, vacations, and days off.
How to Ask
Once you have identified a relative that meets your needs, you need to ask him/her. You also need to be open to the fact that you may hear a “no.” This type of request should be done face to face and should be brought up in a personal setting. In order to make everyone comfortable, you should make it clear that if they say no it is okay – you don’t want anyone pressured into watching your children.
How to Make the Relationship Successful
There are a few things you should do to make sure that the setup is beneficial for everyone. One of the most important things is open communication. You should also set ground rules, establish a fair pay scale, discuss days off, and make sure that it is understood that if the situation stops working well that you will re-evaluate.
Relative care can help your child create lasting bonds with members of your extended family; if approached correctly, it can be a win-win for everyone involved!