IF you have kids the chance to go out for a date night or a catch-up with friends can be a rare opportunity, especially if you don't have lots of family around to help take care of the little ones.
While spending time as a family is also cherished, everyone needs a night off – which is why finding the right babysitter is crucial.
And keeping them onside is even more important if you want to maintain an active social life.
Here, experienced Bubble babysitter Isabella Dinan, from Barnes, says: "I love the variety of characters I meet, parents and children alike.
"I also enjoy building relationships with children and watching them come out of their shells.
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"A child who initially hid behind the sofa is often performing an all-singing, all-dancing ‘show’ by the second sit!"
Here, she shares her top tips on what to do – and what not to do – to stay in your sitter's good books…
A quick getaway
Depending on your child's temperament, actually making it out of the house without any drama or tears can be difficult.
For a smooth exit, Isabella says: "Allowing a bit of extra time before the parents leave for the sitter to get to know the children always makes for a smooth handover.
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