Introduce Your New Sitter with Our Storyboards
That night out is inching closer and you may be starting to worry about how your child will react to the new sitter. Maybe this is your first time leaving your child with a sitter or maybe it is the hundredth, but it never seems to get easier. Even with a qualified and experienced sitter, there is still the uncertainty of how the first interaction will go. A simple way to discuss your time away with the child is to talk about some scenarios that may happen. Synapse Sitters has the storyboard feature that use both words and pictures to help prepare your child for your time away. We offer free downloads of our storyboards that help families prepare children for their time with a babysitter. They are fun pictures that look like a picture book so that preparing for the time away feels no different than story time.
Looking for something that better fits your family and specific situation? Here are a few tips to create your own storyboard that will prepare your child for their time with their sitter:
Plan out the time away to write out the story. Once you have planned out a schedule, whether flexible or compliant, you can make your storyboard follow that schedule. Implement things that you know your child will be excited about, happy to see in the story, or comfortable doing with anyone. This schedule can be one that the sitter actually uses if you think that would make the time go smoother.
Use pictures that look like your family. You can use cartoon pictures or actual pictures of your family doing those things. Using these pictures might help the child feel more comfortable and prepared for the night.
Use the sitters name. When the sitter enters the story, use the sitters name so that they are prepared for that person. If you use a different name or use our storyboards, you can mention their specific sitter’s name.
Tailor it to your child. You know your child the best, so make the story fit your child. Use the colors that they like, simple words or detailed scenarios, and add anything else in that you think that they will like. If they enjoy the story, they might be more likely to be excited for their time with their sitter.
If you make your own storyboard, share them with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. You cannot go wrong with these storyboards so get creative and get excited for your child’s time with their sitter. Book a sitter today so you have a reason to create that storyboard!
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Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long fun in sunny weather (her favorite!).