Are you interested in a caregiver who comes from a large family or small family? Do you prefer someone with an urban or rural upbringing?
Remember that in addition to having special child care skills, the person who cares for your children must be able to tolerate long hours in the company only of children. You must be able to trust her. She will be alone with your children in your home, and she may share with your family some of its most intimate moments. Many skills can be learned, but temperament, attitude, and compatibility with your family are innate qualities you must feel confident about, or the caregiving arrangement is not likely to work out.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.