That rare night away with your spouse is coveted, but I know some couples who never have a night out because they don’t trust any babysitter to take care of their bundles of joy. I remember leaving my kids when they were little, but I was so distracted by checking in with the sitter that it was no fun at all. Of course you are blessed if mom, dad, or another trusted family member will take the kids for an evening, but when you’re faced with the prospect of a new sitter, here are some great ideas from blogger Theresa Ceniccila who calls herself a Mompreneur.

Here are her 10 babysitter questions to use when interviewing a babysitter for the first time:

  1. Tell me about your previous childcare experience. What did you love most about it?
  2. Why do you want to work with children?
  3. What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?
  4. Do you smoke or have pet allergies?
  5. Are you certified in first aid, CPR or lifesaving?
  6. What kind of reliable transportation do you have? (If the candidate drives, ask about a safe driving record.)
  7. On a scale of 1-10, how structured do you consider yourself when it comes to adhering to meal or nap schedules?
  8. What kind of discipline techniques have you been asked to use and how well did they work? (Time out, etc.)
  9. Tell me about a time you were criticized and how you dealt with it.
  10. Tell me about a time when you had to prioritize several tasks and manage your time efficiently. How did you decide what was most important?