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How do I find children to babysit for during the day while I'm at home with mine?

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Finding a nanny or childcare position that allows for your own child to be present too is possible. It will take some research and perseverance on your part, but with so many jobs available online, there should not be a problem finding job prospects. Be prepared for the parents to be protective and possibly give an intense interview, as they will want to make sure that both you and your child will be a good fit for their family.

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  1. Research available positions

    Nanny and childcare jobs are available all over the world. There are plenty of online resources that help match a nanny to a family in need of childcare. Research the differences between nannies, babysitters, and au pairs to see which one would fit you and your child's needs best.

  2. Talk about it

    Talk to the people in your life that this decision will affect. If your child is old enough to express his feelings, explain to his what you are wanting to do. Seek out advice from your partner and friends to make sure becoming a nanny while taking care of your own child is realistic.

  3. Be upfront

    If you find a position that you are interested in, be direct. Ask the family if they are open to your child being present in their home (or yours) while you take care of their children. Many families welcome the idea, as it gives their children a built in playmate. However, that decision is up to the individual family.

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