By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Given the incident in Camden this week in which a young boy was placed in a laundromat washing machine, allegedly by a friend of the boy’s babysitter, many parents are sharing their own nightmare babysitter stories.
Even though his daughter Kelsea is now a college student, Mike can remember the incident as if it were yesterday.
“When my daughter was two, we had this woman as a babysitter and we used her a couple of times. And I was feeding (Kelsea) yogurt and the babysitter walks in and my daughter, who had a mouth full of yogurt turned around and saw this woman and jumped off the counter screaming, spitting yogurt all over my dress shirt, clinging to me and I literally had to rip her off of me. And we were both kind of in shock.”
Needless to say, it was the fastest dinner they ever ate.
Premier Baby Conceirge founder Shannon Choe finds nannies for families. She says she’s heard it all, such as, “The sitter who literally locked the kids outside in the backyard, and throws popsicles at them, because she doesn’t want to be out in the heat during the summer. She’s inside watching a soap opera.”
She offers this advice: “The key is to ask lots of questions that are posing kind of ‘what if…’ situations. Have they had experience with emergencies and if they have what was their reaction?”
Choe says you can learn a lot just by listening a little.