I could use some help. I am finally to the point where I am interviewing sitters for a weekly 4-hour gig so that I can have free time for fun things like the dentist and also lazy coffee drinking (will take priority over dentist, clearly). The first time we hired a sitter who wasn't a friend referral, the woman ended up flaking in a major way that felt really icky (she up and moved with one day notice after committing to several baby-sitting dates just the previous day). This woman also had some less-than-desirable habits - like endlessly talking on her phone. She would talk up to 30 minutes at a time while she was feeding Bella. She wasn't even trying to hide it as I was upstairs with Oliver (this was when he was a newborn) and therefore could hear her. Anyway, I have a haaaaaaard time being assertive in these instances so I would rather be clear from the get go than be forced into awkward territory later. So here's my plan: I am going to come up with a list of expectations - house rules, if you will - so that everyone knows what's what right off the bat.
Here is where I need you help so that I can make sure to cover all my bases because I know I'll forget things or not even think of things. If you were to put together a list of house rules for your kids, what would they be?
And for those who nanny or have baby-sat - any words of wisdom for me? How can I best present my expectations without coming across as a major (you will forgive this word I'm about to use) douche-head?